Kandol glad to be back in the thick of it
CHARLTON’S on-loan striker Tresor Kandol managed to put a tumultuous fortnight behind him with his first two goals for the club and believes the team as a whole are just as capable of a positive approach to their own plight.
The Congolese international is on loan at The Valley from Leeds United until the end of the season, but faces a testing few months on and off the pitch with the Addicks now needing a miracle to avoid relegation to League One following Saturday’s 3-2 home defeat to Watford.
Not only that, but the 27-year-old had to miss the last two fixtures against Swansea and Doncaster due to his young child’s illness.
But Kandol returned with a bang against the Hornets, celebrating both goals with the backflip routine famously utilised by his cousin Lomana Lualua.
He insisted after the game these tough times would only spur him on, potentially even as a permanent member of the squad after his loan spell concludes.
Kandol said: “It’s been a difficult week for me and it was nice to come back. I’ve had a lot of support from my team-mates.
“I was talking to Tom Soares when I came back and he said to me his little kid was ill as well and was in hospital for four months, and those four months were the best time for his football.
“When the team is encouraging you like that, a hard time off the field can be a good time on it.
“I came here and everyone has treated me well. I didn’t expect to be welcomed so well.
“Straight away, you come in and you feel a part of the team.
“People think because of what is happening on the field on Saturdays and Tuesdays, things behind the scenes must be completely gone but everyone is really positive.
“I wouldn’t say it was lack of confidence because if it was, nothing would have happened in the first half.
“When things are going well for you, you lay back a bit, not that you’re doing it on purpose but your body naturally lays back a bit, which we shouldn’t do really in games like this, but quite a few of us did this and it cost us.”
Kandol added: “Charlton are a big club to me. I’m a local lad as well, just living across the Blackwall Tunnel in Stratford, and I came to see some games here when I was at school.
“It would hurt me if Charlton went down, but I had an interview where someone said to me that a lot of boys who came on loan don’t really care and don’t want to work for the team.
“But for me, as soon as you put that shirt on, you support the team and even your family support the team.”
Despite the Addicks seemingly looking certain to now spend next season in League One, Kandol claims the subject has yet to be raised in the dressing room.
He said: “We don’t talk about next season.
“Sometimes people make jokes, asking where are we going to be next season?
“Obviously I would love to stay but it’s not up to me, it’s up to the club and we’ll see what happens.”