Haynes backs Brad to get back on goals trail

Danny Haynes in action against the Dons last night. PICTURES BY ALAN STANFORD.

Bradley Wright-Phillips

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DANNY Haynes is asking people to lay off fellow striker Bradley Wright-Phillips after Charlton’s laboured victory over MK Dons at The Valley.

The Addicks’ top scorer hasn’t netted since November 19 and Charlton needed two penalties from Johnnie Jackson to see off their 10-man opposition.

But despite his current drought, Haynes believes there are plenty of goals to come from Wright-Phillips between now and the end of the campaign.

Haynes said: “Quite a few people have been on his back.

“But with Bradley he is at the stage where he has scored a lot of goals for us and I just feel that we need to get behind him.

“Obviously he has got the players and the coaching staff behind him and one or two fans are getting on his back because he is not scoring goals but you can’t knock what he has done so far in the season.

“Look at Fernando Torres.

“I know it's a different league but it’s still the same principle.

“I just feel he is getting a lot of unnecessary stick but I know I’m behind Brad.”

Strike partner Yann Kermogant’s last goal came eight matches ago on Boxing Day, meaning the Addicks have been reliant on goals from other sources to get results.

Haynes said: “I don’t see there being an issue.

“I think it’s just one of those moments in the season where goals dry up a bit so having Jackson, a set-piece specialist, is a strength, I don't see it as a negative.”

Haynes came on as a second half substitute last night as the league leaders stretched their lead over third-placed Sheffield Wednesday to 10 points with two games in hand on the Owls.

And although the January signing from Barnsley has yet to make a start on his return to Charlton, he feels he is doing all he can to try and force his way into the side.

Haynes explained: “You can't really change a winning team and I respect that but I want to be playing and starting, so I’m going to try everything I can to break into that starting line-up.

“I’m feeling settled. I just want to work and train as hard as I can but so far, so good.

“I don’t really mind wherever the gaffer puts me I can do a job on the right and up front so it’s where he prefers to play me.

“You have got to think about what is good for your career and I thought that coming home to the club where I started my career was a great move for me.”

He added: “I know the gaffer really well and he knows quite a lot about me and he gave me this opportunity to come back. I felt I had a lot of unfinished business here.

“I had some interest from some Championship clubs but I felt this club spent time and effort on me and it just felt right speaking to the manager and some board members. I just felt this suited me best.”

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