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Couisns wants repeat of Forest display against Blackpool
JORDAN Cousins hopes Charlton can take all of the positives from last night’s 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest into Saturday’s game with Blackpool.
The 19-year-old midfielder was a standout performer for Chris Powell’s side as they ended a run of three straight defeats against Billy Davies’ in-form team.
Forest went in front on three minutes as Andy Reid’s cross-shot free-kick deceived Ben Hamer, but it was cancelled out by Marvin Sordell’s 50th minute equaliser when he converted Lawrie Wilson’s low cross.
The Addicks dominated the majority of the match and Cousins almost won it when he struck the post late on.
And now he expects the new found optimism in the SE7 dressing room, and stands, to be carried over to the weekend.
The youngster said: “We had so many chances but it is a good point against a good Forest side.
“I had a couple of chances and I have got to be finishing them.
“Obviously I am doing well to get into the positions but I have got to work on my finishing, especially on my weaker foot.
“In previous games when we have conceded everyone has gone into their shell, but on Tuesday everyone came together and the crowd came together and they helped a lot.
“Everyone thought ‘so we are a goal down but we have got 88 minutes of the game to go’ and we reacted a lot better and after the goal we became even stronger.”
Cousins was also keen to praise the home supporters for the backing given from start to finish, even after the Addicks made the worst possible start by conceding from Reid’s free-kick.
He added: “They are like our twelfth man.
“In the last game, I didn’t play against Millwall, but when the crowd get on your back, then that is when everyone goes back into their shell.
“But when they are behind you, you just want to run that extra mile. “We performed very well, the only bad thing is that we didn’t pick up the three points up that we deserved.
“It was a point against a good team and we have got to take that into Saturday.”
After impressing in pre-season Cousins has seized his opportunity in the first team and isn’t going to be shoved aside easily.
The young midfielder entered the Valley press room with a bottle of champagne in his right hand, and a well-earned man of the match honour at that, following a magnificent display.
It is only up close Cousins reveals himself as a fresh-faced teenager, as his assured presence on the pitch mirrors that of a man double his age.
And after collecting his first post-match bottle of bubbly, Cousins revealed there is plenty more to come from him.
He said: “I think it is my best performance to date, but there are still a lot of things that I can improve on personally.
“I’m in the team now but I’ve got to stay there and work hard to do that.
“It is going to be hard because we have got a lot of senior players who are injured at the moment. “But is it my job to work hard in training and if I play on the Saturday, then to keep putting in good performances, hopefully I’ll stay in the team.
“For me, that is the number one goal now.”
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