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Powell takes positives from Blackpool clean sheet
CHARLTON manager Chris Powell was pleased to see his side earn their first clean sheet in six months before heading into the international break.
Saturday’s shutout in the goalless draw with Blackpool was also their first in SE7 for 11 months, as the Addicks moved onto seven points for the season. The stalemate means it is now six matches without a win for Powell’s men, but the boss remains hopeful his side can build upon their last two results.
He said: “I have been willing us to get one (a clean sheet) and it had been individual mistakes that have cost us.
“In respect to Saturday, the positive is we have got another point, especially as we are missing a number of key players.
“The boys that are out there are pushing themselves to try and get us wins and points.
“I have got to say we have played two of the top six, with arguably our weakest squad as such because of injuries, and they have managed to get two really good draws.
“But of course we are in the business to win games, but these have arrested the three defeats we have had previously and we can now do our best to try and build on that.”
The Addicks went into Saturday’s match without captain Johnnie Jackson, Yann Kermorgant, Chris Solly and Leon Cort.
Although the Charlton chief is likely to have the majority of them back after the international break, he remained sceptical about the possibility of adding to his squad. “I wish,” said Powell. “Everyone know it is very tight for us budget wise.
“I have had to lean on one or two of our younger players.
“Jordan Cousins again I thought was very assured in his third or fourth start for us.
“Callum Harriott, and Joe Pigott off the bench, you want these boys to develop and learn slowly but surely but we are having to throw them in.
“It would be nice for me to add some Championship experience and players with that knowhow to come in and boost us but at the moment that isn’t possible.
“Now I’m going to have to get on with what I have, and motivate and cajole them to put in performances to win us games.
“It is a bonus - the international break means that the boys can recover and the injured ones can make themselves available for the up-and-coming games.”
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