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Valley keeper happy with Blackpool blank
KEEPER Ben Hamer was understandably pleased with his clean sheet in Charlton's goalless draw at home to Blackpool on Saturday.
It was the first time the Addicks hadn’t conceded in the league since last season’s trip to Cardiff in April and was the only positive in what was otherwise a poor game of football.
Charlton go into the international break hoping to get bodies back having had their injury-hit squad stretched to the limits after three games in the space of a week.
But Hamer was at least happy to grab a clean sheet and hopes his side can build on two draws against Nottingham Forest and Blackpool when they resume their Championship campaign at Blackburn on Saturday week.
He said: “It’s a relief to be honest, We’ve been waiting for a clean sheet all season.
“It’s been well-documented we haven’t kept a clean sheet for a while now.
“I think it was even in the papers this morning, so it’s obviously been on my mind.
“Clean sheets are what me and other keepers pride themselves upon but there hasn’t been that many this season, which has been disappointing because we should be keeping a lot more.
“Today we held firm and kept them out, so it’s pleasing.”
Charlton took on the Tangerines without key trio Yann Kermorgant, Chris Solly and captain Johnnie Jackson.
Three games in quick succession certainly tested Powell’s already thin squad, but Hamer feels the Addicks more than make up for this with a lot of self-belief in the camp.
He explained: “We know we haven’t got the highest budget in the league and we’re not the biggest squad, but one thing we have got is a lot of team spirit and we’ve showed that over the last couple of years.
“Three games in a week isn't easy, for a goalkeeper, it’s different because it’s more about concentration.
“But the lads who are putting the shift in out on the pitch have got to obviously work hard and they’ve worked solidly, especially with the thin squad we’ve got.
“They’ve been playing 90 minutes solid for three games.
“Other squads with a bigger depth get to rotate and get fresh legs on the pitch, but we haven’t really got that luxury at the moment but I think we’re looking good.
“We’ve had a bit of a bad start and we hold our hands up and admit it hasn’t been good enough.
“Hopefully it’s starting to take an upturn and we can continue our form after the international break.”
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