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Powell hails team effort after Birmingham success
CHRIS Powell heaped praise on his Charlton side following Saturday’s 1-0 away victory at Birmingham City.
After a slow start to the season, Dale Stephens’ second half winner ensured the Addicks are now five matches unbeaten and have not conceded a goal in seven hours of football.
But Powell did not just applaud his back four, pointing out the whole side are happy to perform defensive duties.
The Valley chief said: “They played particularly well today and kept a clean sheet as well, which is very pleasing. I’m pleased for the team.
“After the start to the season, we looked at what can give us a kick-start and we felt we needed to have a foundation to play from.
“If you’re always keeping the opposition out, you’ll get your chances and we created a lot today.
“I suppose my only gripe would be that it was only 1-0, as when the balls are flying in it can fall for an opposing player, which it nearly did for their guy at the end.
“I just want us to maybe notch one or two more goals, as I feel 2-0 or 3-0 would have been right today, but the players dug in well.
“They’re all doing it, too, not just the back four or the keeper, who obviously did their jobs, but the defending starts from the front with Simon Church, who was supported well by Johnnie Jackson.
“I know everyone’s heard that phrase before, but it’s crucial to the way we play and I felt they all did it today.
“We fully deserved what we got in the end.”
The welcome recent upturn in form has moved Charlton up to 17th in the table, three points above the relegation zone.
And Powell was keen this rise continues, especially as he welcomes back more players from injury.
“We’ve had to get on with it,” Powell said of the numerous players he has had missing since the start of the season.
“I haven’t complained and I’ve put my trust in the group of players I have. I’ll always do that and give the players the confidence to go out and play.
“They’ve given each other confidence too, and a platform to perform and express themselves.
“Some of them are playing really, really well and it’s rubbing off, so we just need to stay there and work hard in training.
“Training is where you do the hard work and it comes to fruition on Saturdays, like it has today.”
He added: “We got a point last week against Wigan, which looks a good point now.
“We’re in a good place and leading up to yet another international break it’ll be good for us to get a good result against Leeds.
“We’ll work hard again, recover and prepare for Leeds.”
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