Powell hoping Charlton fly to success at Carlisle

News Shopper: Chris Powell. PICTURE BY EDMUND BOYDEN. Chris Powell. PICTURE BY EDMUND BOYDEN.

ADDICKS boss Chris Powell believes flying to Carlisle on Saturday could give his side the edge on the long trip north to Brunton Park.

Sponsors have arranged an aircraft for players and staff and Powell hopes it could make a vital difference to the condition of his squad on the day after a long season in League One.

Three points on Saturday would secure promotion if Sheffield Wednesday fail to win at Colchester but Powell has warned his side will need to be on top form to get anything from this tough away day.

He said: “They’ve had some good results, especially at home, and they do play on the fact that teams come a long way.

“Some teams are beaten before they even kick a ball.

“It’s very thoughtful of our sponsors to lay on the plane, so hopefully we can go up there relaxed, refreshed and ready to play.

“We were looking at getting the coach or the train, which we’d done before because it’s such a long journey.

“I feel sorry for our fans but I’m sure they’ll go up there excited for what could happen at Carlisle.”

The Addicks have a good record against Greg Abbott’s play-off hopefuls, with league and cup wins against them already this season, but the Valley manager believes they are a different prospect at home.

Powell added: “It’s a hard place to go and get any sort of result a long way from London.

“We’ve played them twice already this year and got two terrific results.

“But Greg Abbott and his team have done exceptionally well and they play decent football.

“We’ve got to be ready as they play decent football. We’ve got to focus on what we’re about and look to get the three points.

Danny Hollands and Darel Rusell are suspended but the Addicks have no new injury concerns for the trip and Powell is hopeful of continuing their good form after a demanding, but satisfying, Easter period.

He added: “We’ve had a few tired and battered bodies after the two games over Easter, but everyone seems to be recovered.

“Six points helps with that and we go to Carlisle with a fully fit squad.

“Scott Wagstaff is available and he was scoring goals and creating them before his sending off.

“Everyone is fighting fit and ready to play their part against Carlisle but I’m under no illusions it’s going to be a tough game.”

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