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Charlton defender Kean to add to Blackburn manager's problems
DEFENDER Michael Morrison is confident Charlton can build on Saturday’s 2-1 win at Ipswich with victory against big spending Blackburn at The Valley on Saturday.
Early second half goals from Johnnie Jackson and Ricardo Fuller were good enough to secure the points which took the Addicks out of the relegation zone at Portman Road, even if Jason Scotland’s deflected 57th minute effort ensured the remainder of game was in the balance.
But the visitors held their nerve to end a three-game losing streak and now they will look to quickly build on the positive result when Steve Kean’s side visit SE7 this weekend.
When asked if second-placed Rovers deserved to be considered favourites going into the game, Morrison replied: “Maybe a little bit but I watched their game against Middlesbrough and Middlesbrough asked a lot of questions against them.
“Although they’ve started well the confidence isn’t going to be brilliant.
“It is a shame it isn’t at their place because their fans aren’t really getting behind them but our fans are really good and they’ll get behind us.
“Another fast start and anything can happen.
“You’ve seen it already anyone can beat anyone in this league and we will go there in confident, although maybe the bookmakers have them down as favourites.”
Morrison added: “If we can spin two wins in a row it takes you up the table.
“That’s the important thing with this league, you can get draws but back-to-back wins can really push you up the table and we will be looking to get right in the middle of that pack then hopefully stay there and see what happens.
“The three points against Ipswich was massive.
“You can’t help but look over your shoulder when you in the relegation zone and it’s nice to get out of it.
“Hopefully we can play a bit more confidently and we go to Blackburn at home with our fans backing us and thinking we’ve got a real chance to win the game.”
The win over Ipswich came just at the right time after last Tuesday’s 3-2 defeat at Derby County put the newly-promoted Addicks into the relegation places after just half a dozen games.
Morrison said: “I know it is quite early in the season but it was a bit of a six pointer and obviously I’m glad to get the three points.
“I think both teams were looking at the game and thinking it was a winnable one and they could take the confidence out of the win.
“That’s certainly what we will try and do.
“We’ve got tough games coming up but with this one we thought it was a winnable game.
“The pressure was kind of on them being at home but I think we pressed the ball quite well.
“I think they were there for the taking and in the second half we twisted the screw.”
The defender added: “It was a bit of a nervous start from both teams and I think the first goal played a massive part.
“You can see their heads went down, not just the fans but the players as well.
“We scored early again and it really was a sucker punch for them.
“It happened to us the other day at Derby and when confidence is a bit low, when you concede one you are susceptible to the second but I thought we were value for the three points.”
Charlton’s recent losing run has been an unfamiliar feeling for the present squad after last year’s heroics in League One, a point Morrison readily accepted.
He explained: “It was a bit of a tough and strange week because as a group of lads together we’ve never been in that position, so it was a new question being asked of us.
“We had a good meeting and said we were going to be solid and go back to basics.
“We played a 4-4-2 with two wide wingers out there and we were positive.
“Johnnie Jackson came inside and I think it helped.
“We turned the ball and got on the front foot quite quickly and after that we were able to retain the ball with Jacko.
“In Dale Stephens you’ve got a good passer of the football and once we got it down I thought we played some good stuff as well as in the last 10 or 15 minutes after they’d scored grinding the result out, which we know from last year we are more than capable of doing.”
And Morrison also singled out Fuller for praise after his goal proved decisive in Suffolk.
“He is a handful and it is a great signing, especially not having to pay a transfer fee,” the 24-year-old said.
“Not only does he bring power and aggression but he is good with the lads, he is experienced, has been there and done it, he is a good signing and it showed today with his goal.”
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