Charlton boss tries to take positives from Birmingham game despite late equaliser

CHRIS Powell was trying to take the positives from today’s display after Birmingham grabbed an injury time equaliser at The Valley.

Charlton were in control of the game for long periods and only a string of fine saves from England international Jack Butland had kept them out until he was finally beaten by Yann Kermorgant’s 88th minute header.

But the Addicks’ recent and alarming inability to hold on to leads resurfaced again in stoppage time as Wade Elliott’s leveller earned the Blues an unlikely share of the spoils.

Powell said: “It is a real shame because the boys I thought performed really well in conditions that were really tough and we came against a keeper who I felt was in imperious form.

"He made some really good saves Butland and you can see why he has gone to the Premier League.

“We eventually got the breakthrough which everyone craved, and so late in the game we are then looking to see it out in a real sort of strong way but it hasn’t happened.

“It is a real disappointment because the fans stuck by us today and I thought the players performed well in real tough conditions, but at least we haven’t lost.

“I can take some positives from the performance. In previous games with two defeats, we have to start somewhere and it is another point for us but of course it should have been three.”

On Butland’s heroics, the Valley chief added: “Fair play to him, you can see why so many people have been looking at him and why he has been bought by Stoke City, but that is why they (keepers) are there.

“I thought his decision making and some of his saves were excellent, but in a way that kept them in with a chance and sadly so it proved.”

Charlton have only picked up four wins in SE7 so far this season and although the stat remains a concern, Powell pointed out it wasn’t just a problem for the Addicks.

He explained: “If you look at the Championship table, quite a lot of teams haven’t had too many home wins.

“It is just one of those seasons how it has panned out.

“It is a strange quirk really for us and a number of other teams. It has been a tough season for us at home.

“We should have definitely got more wins and I suppose the last two home games have definitely shown that.

“We’ve been in real good and strong positions where we need to see it out and it is something we are going to have to learn from.

“It has happened the last few games now where we’ve been in winning positions and it just shows we should be a few more points better off with regards to our points tally at the moment, but it hasn’t happened.

“I have to look at as many positives as I can from today and the previous games and I will because I felt today Ricardo Fuller and Kermorgant caused problems.

“In the end Yann got the goal but Ricardo had a number of chances.

“We created some good efforts on goal and it is just something we are going to have to keep believing in and make it not an issue because the last three games has shown us that we can do it, but it is about doing it over the 90 plus minutes.”

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