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Pritchard thrives in Charlton's new formation
CHARLTON midfielder Bradley Pritchard was all smiles at the final whistle after helping his side claim a well-earned point at Vicarage Road on Saturday.
The Zimbabwean was in fine form for the Addicks, who took the lead through Yann Kermorgant’s 47th minute penalty which was cancelled out by Daniel Pudil’s equaliser.
And Pritchard admits he loves playing in Chris Powell’s current 3-5-2 formation, a change of tactics which has produced a welcome upturn in fortunes since being introduced after the Doncaster game which never was.
“It gives us a lot more opportunities as midfielders to run forward and try and go with the forwards,” he said.
“So something which would seem pretty defensive is actually pretty attacking for the midfielders.
“Everybody is seeing the benefits from it and I’m enjoying it.”
Although happy with the Watford point, Pritchard admitted he was a little disappointed Charlton hadn’t managed to hold onto their lead, especially with Watford’s goal coming from a rebound after Ben Hamer’s excellent save had denied Diego Fabbrini.
He said: “They’re a very good team, they pass the ball well and they’ve got some very good players.
“I’m slightly disappointed because we’ve gone ahead and we looked solid.
“We tried to become a lot more stable at the back and tried to cope with their counter attacks.
“We seemed to cope with a lot of what they did, so I guess it’s just unfortunate.
“But overall a point is good and we’re happy with that.”
The tough games don’t stop there for Charlton, though, as they face a tricky trip away to Huddersfield on Tuesday night.
Mark Robins’ side are no strangers to Pritchard and Charlton having knocked the Addicks out of the League Cup 3-2 last month, ironically the first game in which Powell tried out his new 3-5-2 formation.
And the midfielder is hoping they can maintain their improved run of form going into tomorrow night’s clash.
“I think we’re sick of playing them really,” Pritchard joked.
“We seem to play them all the time. We played them recently so there is a lot of familiarity there, but it’s also a really tough place to go.
“Fingers crossed we can keep this run of good performances going.”
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