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Loss of striker to Blackpool was blow to Addicks boss on and off pitch
RICARDO Fuller returns to The Valley with Blackpool this weekend as Addicks manager Chris Powell admitted his side has missed the striker’s presence in the dressing room.
Fuller joined the Tangerines in the summer after his contract ran out at The Valley and Charlton were unable to agree a new one with him.
Powell made no secret at the time he wanted to keep hold of the player and today conceded Fuller’s absence has been felt on and off the pitch in SE7.
He said: “In the end we just couldn’t get a deal agreed.
“I wanted him to stay, he had that Championship know how but sometimes it just doesn’t work out for whatever reason.
“Blackpool came on the horizon and in the end he decided that he needed to get something agreed and in the end sadly he went there.
“But for what he brought to us last year, not only on the pitch but off it - he is a bit of a winner, a good voice in the dressing room, a lot of know how.
“He scored his 100th goal the other day, which is a great milestone for him. I will welcome him back but I hope he doesn’t contribute anything to the game!
“I wanted Ric to stay and the players did and it is a shame we just couldn’t agree anything in the end.”
On missing Fuller’s presence, Powell said: “Any team would because when things are going against you, you need voices, not only your captain or vice captain.
“You are looking for people to speak up who have the experience of going through tough times.
“They can’t always get it from me – they do but sometimes it is good when it comes from the group.
“That will show characters and leaders in the room and some of my players now have to step up and fulfil that role, but I’ve got more than enough in the room to do that.
“There are people like Johnnie Jackson, Michael Morrison, Andy Hughes, Mark Gower and those that have been around and it is good for maybe one or two of the younger ones to speak up.
“Ricardo had a wealth of experience so he used it to full effect with us last year.
“I’m sure he will carry on in the same way at Blackpool.”
Powell will again be without the services of striker Yann Kermorgant and skipper Johnnie Jackson for Saturday’s Valley encounter with Blackpool, but Bradley Pritchard has an outside chance of being available for selection.
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