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Charlton boss impressed by belief in Blackburn victory
MANAGER Chris Powell praised the amount of self belief his players displayed following Charlton’s 1-0 away win at Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.
Simon Church’s well-taken seventh minute goal gave Powell’s men their first away win of the season, although they were forced to defend deeply against a home side which contained league top scorer Jordan Rhodes.
The win moves Charlton up to 20th, two places above the relegation zone ahead of Sunday’s Football for a Fiver meeting with Wigan at The Valley.
And Powell feels Saturday’s success, coupled with the recent draws against Nottingham Forest and Blackpool, now give the side something they can build on.
He said: “When you get positive results like we did against Forest and Blackpool and get a clean sheet, everyone realises we can get clean sheets and perform against the better sides.
“We’re unbeaten in three now, so it’s a start.
“I don’t want anyone to go overboard, but it’s a start for us in a critical time.
“We’ve kept our heads and belief is the word we’ve been using, so hopefully we can carry this forward into Wigan next week.
“I’m ever so pleased, as wins have been thin on the ground for us, but the two last results have given us a foundation to try and get some wins.
“I felt the players realised exactly what you need to win games.
“You need a moment of quality, which we got today through Dale Stephens’ through ball and Simon Church’s finish.”
Powell added: “Equally, with the defensive side of our game, when we were under pressure the players showed exactly what we’d been working on and they also handled things well when we had momentum.
“I’m pleased for the fans who have backed us when we’ve not performed.
“It’s a great win for us, our first away win, and every player played their part.
“I’ve bought every player up here today so have had to leave a few out, which is never easy, but the players had a togetherness that we need at this present time.
“The win was certainly needed so it keeps us going forward.”
Powell also praised Welshman Church, who topped off a fine week, having already scored the winner against Macedonia the previous week.
“I’m pleased for Simon, who has had a terrific week after scoring for Wales,” the Valley chief said.
“He came back on Thursday and his finishing was second to none.
“His movement was good, which was what caught my eye when we signed him in the summer.
“I felt it was Championship or Premier League quality movement, and he’s done it today by finding space when he needed to.
“We got a clean sheet too, so we’ve got everything today.”
Powell also feels the faith shown in the players he has recruited is finally being rewarded after a tricky start to the new campaign.
The boss said: “I’m really pleased for the side, who’ve worked hard.
“I’ve got to go in and address them after every game, which is never easy if it hasn’t gone our way, but I’ve always had belief in them.
“I said to them today it was about belief, our quality and our concentration and character.
“I know they’re easy words to say but when you see the players giving their all for the team and for each other, then that’s all you can ever ask.”
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