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Latest Charlton blank frustrates Pritchard
CHARLTON midfielder Bradley Pritchard was frustrated his side weren’t able to convert any of the chances created in Sunday’s goalless draw with Wigan.
Yesterday’s stalemate in front of 23,600 five-pound paying spectators saw them extend their unbeaten streak to four matches and it was also a third consecutive clean sheet for Chris Powell’s men.
However, the Addicks currently have the joint worst scoring record in the Championship, along with Yeovil, having only found the back of the net just nine times all season.
And Pritchard was left to reflect on an afternoon of missed opportunities for his team, with the best chance falling his way when he blazed over from 12 yards in the first half.
The energetic midfielder admitted: “I’m still kicking myself about it.
“I just tried to get my head over it.
“Keith Peacock has been working one-on-one with me, and it is frustrating because I try to get into those positions where I can score.
“I should be scoring more and when I get those chances I have to convert them, because at this standard you don’t get many that are as clear-cut as that.”
The 27-year-old added: “It is frustrating not to score, especially when we are on top, but there are certainly a lot of positives to come from that.
“We just needed a bit of quality in the end product.
“At times our crosses were a bit too deep or just not right for the guys on the end of them.
“The clean sheet is a building block and something that we want to push on from.
“As long we have got that foundation it is easier for us to now start looking at not just creating, but converting those opportunities.
“These are things that we need to work on, but like the gaffer said in the changing room, it is better to work on those kind of things than have to work on defending if we were leaking goals here and there, so that is a positive.
“That is three clean sheets in a row, so that is definitely the biggest positive.”
There were some negatives for the Addicks, though, as they lost returning striker Yann Kermorgant to another ankle injury just half an hour into the match.
And Pritchard admitted their attacking threat was reduced once the man he describes as their talisman had left the field.
The midfielder said: “He is certainly the spearhead of our team, he is so good in the air and is important to us in the same way that a lot of other players are important to us in whatever role they fulfil.
“When Marvin Sordell came on him and Simon Church linked up well and Marv put in a really good shift, but we lost out on something Yann is so good at.
“He (Kermorgant) is disappointed and frustrated because he wanted to play.
“Sometimes he pushes himself too far.
“He had been looking good in training and for that to happen it is frustrating for the whole team because we do look at him as our talisman.
“We do like to play off him so when he goes off it is a blow.
“Now it’s just about keeping his head up, keeping his spirits high and hopefully it won’t be too bad.”
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