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Watford 1-1 Charlton
CHARLTON manager Chris Powell was pleased with an away point at Watford at the start of what promises to be a hectic week for the club.
The Addicks took an early second half lead when Lawrie Wilson was tripped in the box and Yann Kermorgant scored from the resulting penalty before Watford secured a share of the spoils ion the 71st minute through Daniel Pudil's equaliser.
Charlton face a trip to Huddersfield on Tuesday night and then host struggling Millwall at The Valley on Saturday, with Powell more than pleased with how his side stood up to the challenge at Vicarage Road.
“It was a decent game and one that we should take a lot of positives from,” he explained.
“It’s a tough place to come against a decent team.
“We had the victory in our last game and of course we wanted to build on it.
“Obviously after taking the lead we want to try and see it out and take three points.
“But overall I think it’s a well-earned away point in a game that was quite a heated battle at times.”
Powell was referring to both the penalty which was given as well as the various penalty shouts and fouls scattered throughout the 90 minutes.
There was no doubt the Charlton penalty was warranted, and there was also no doubt about the finish as Kermorgant smashed the ball into the roof of the net two minutes after half-time.
It wasn’t all joy for Kermorgant, though, as the striker was later taken off with an injury after one too many over-zealous challenges, meaning the big Frenchman is a doubt for the midweek trip to Huddersfield.
“He took a knock,” said Powell.
“It’s early to say what he has done, but he is someone that doesn’t come off easy.
“He’s walking about, but of course we’ve got to be careful.
“I hope he’s fit and available for Tuesday but if he’s not, we’ve got to make sure we get him right as he is a key player for us.”
Powell also admitted the Terriers trip was likely to come too early for Chris Solly, but the gaffer is pleased with how well Wilson has performed since coming into the side.
“Solly has got a bit of a knee injury,” the Valley chief said.
“He trained a little bit this week but he’s still not fully right, so we’ve got to be careful because it is an area you don’t mess around with.
“We just have to wait and see and take our time with it, but we’re not going to rush him.
“Wilson has acquitted himself really well recently.
“I always felt that he was a good Championship player and he’d be a good player for us.”
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