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Reading were mad to release Church but Charlton aren't complaining
3:57pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in Sport
ADDICKS columnist MATIAS GREZ still can’t believe Reading let Welsh international striker Simon Church go during the summer.
CHRIS Powell’s men finally put in an away performance reminiscent of so many last season on Saturday and eased the pressure on themselves ever so slightly as they picked up their first win in seven games.
For the second year in a row, Dale Stephens’ vision and touch of class was enough to come out of Blackburn with all three points.
The importance of the win at Ewood Park cannot be overstated, with Wigan and Leeds coming to The Valley, as well as a tough trip to QPR to contend with over the next 30 days.
It is comforting to know we have the best defensive record of the teams from 16th down to 24th, and this is in no small part down to the invigorated partnership of Michael Morrison and Richard Wood.
Since coming in for Dorian Dervite on the back of the 3-0 drubbing against Burnley, Wood has overseen the best defensive run of the season so far, with the team conceding just once in three games and picking up two clean sheets in a row.
The reintroduction of Bradley Pritchard into the starting XI was also a major factor in our success at the weekend.
His energy and industry suits the team’s style of play away from home down to a tee, harrying opponents, breaking up opposition attacks and setting team-mates away on the break.
And when you have a striker as clinical as Simon Church up front, then you can be sure he’ll get a goal if provided with enough quality support.
What Reading didn’t see in him and why they decided to let him go never ceases to amaze me.
But their loss is our gain and I feel as though we finally have an out-and-out goal scorer good enough for the Championship.
His chest control from Stephens’ pass and calm volleyed finish was of the highest quality and we have a genuine goal threat all the time he is on the pitch.
I’m excited to see what sort of partnership he can form with a fully fit Yann Kermorgant, as from what I’ve seen their styles of play suit each other perfectly.
After a few substitute appearances in recent weeks, I’m quietly confident Yann will be fit enough to start, as it goes without saying how important he is to everything the team does.
On the back of two home draws in which the crowd created an unbelievable atmosphere, in particular against Forest, I’m looking forward to how loud it will be with the addition of 10,000 football for a fiver fans this Sunday for the visit of FA Cup holders Wigan.
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