Wright-Phillips delighted to end goal drought

News Shopper: Bradley Wright-Phillips scores Charlton's second goal on saturday. PICTURES BY ALAN STANFORD. Bradley Wright-Phillips scores Charlton's second goal on saturday. PICTURES BY ALAN STANFORD.

CHARLTON striker Bradley Wright-Phillips paid tribute to his team-mates and the club's supporters following his goal in the 2-0 win over Stevenage on Saturday.

The hitman extended the Addicks' lead in the second-half after Michael Morrison's screamer towards the Jimmy Seed Stand, and the 26-year-old said he appreciated the fans' backing throughout the contest.

"As a striker, you always want to score goals even if you think you have played alright and done everything as well," said Wright-Phillips.

"For the fans to stick with me, because they don't have to, they could easily get frustrated or want someone else to play, but they've been really good and I appreciate it so much.

"I don't think I can say how much I appreciate it because it does mean a lot.

"I've got mixed emotions because I missed too many chances for my liking, but I was happy to score.

"Just the way the fans were with me towards the end, I feel a lot more happy scoring for them than myself, and I enjoyed it.

"I'm definitely claiming it - you'll have to come to my house to get that off me!"

The former Plymouth Argyle and Southampton man missed two good chances in the first period to end his goal drought, which dated back to November 19th last year, and he was quick to defend one chance in particular.

"I've got an excuse for the header - I've got a peanut-head, so I can't always get it on my forehead because there's not a lot to aim for," expressed the hitman.

"But, the lob over the goalkeeper, for me, I feel like I've done those finishes in the past and I was disappointed - it's the header I just need to work on.

"I would have liked to have gone home and brag about it to my daughter, because she always asks me if I scored, and for the last 13 games or so, I've had to tell her 'no', so I'm happy with that one.

"The players showed me support because they know I've been struggling to get the goal, and they always tell me 'it's going to come, just keep doing the same things'."

And he admitted he hasn't changed his game despite not scoring for over three months, and claimed he always looks to hit the target.

He said: "With the goal, I just thought to myself to just shoot low and hard, and it went in.

"I've just got to think about that more, but I don't lose confidence. Usually I just try and hit the target - if it goes in, it goes in.

"I don't bottle making my same runs, but I always think because I missed a few, I've found myself second-guessing the goalkeeper, and I didn't do the same things I normally do."

Strike partner Yann Kermorgant was a dominant force in the air once again against Stevenage and Wright-Phillips hailed the Frenchman as an imporant cog in Charlton's promotion wheel.

"The guy is a beast and defenders don't want to play against him, plus it makes it a lot easier for me," beamed the frontman.

"If you look at my game, I just gamble off his flick-ons or when he gets hold of it, which he does most of the time, or try and make a run.

"Usually he finds me or for someone one else to find me - he's easy to play with and a top player."

The Addicks now head to Chesterfield on Tuesday before a trip to Bournemouth on the south coast on Saturday, and Wright-Phillips believes the side will continue to travel in high spirits.

"I don't think confidence has changed since the first game of the season," he said.

"In pre-season we realised we had a decent team and all the boys fight for each other 100 per cent.

"I know some of the games recently haven't been great to watch, but we all want to win and it just built up, because you can see the way we started (on Saturday).

"I think we had around four corners and we just wanted to win so much - Stevenage just couldn't do anything about it.

"If we win our home games and try to win on the road, we'll be alright."

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