Charlton: Powell's happy with start

By Giles Broadbent on August 22, 2012 10:38 AM |


By Rob Virtue

A win and a draw in the first two games of the season against what seemed daunting opposition had Charlton manager Chris Powell beaming this week.

Following Saturday's draw at Birmingham, in which the Blues needed a last gasp equaliser to share the spoils, the Addicks took apart Leicester on Tuesday in a superb first-half before holding on for a 2-1 win.

Strikers Bradley Wright-Phillips and Yann Kermorgant scored the goals before the break before Andy King struck a second-half consolation for Leicester.

After the win, Powell said: "This will have really given them food for thought now about what it is like to be in this league, but there won't be too many teams who are going to be better than Birmingham and Leicester City, that's for sure.

"I'm really pleased for them. They showed some real belief and character and hung on in there.

"This is a learning process for us. We've played two fantastic teams, highly-fancied teams in this league, and managed to get four points. That's fantastic for the boys' confidence and fantastic for our club."

The first-half finishes proved to be the difference and it came after the Addicks' strike duo missed a number of chances at Birmingham.

But in a match where new signing Ricardo Fuller - who was released by Stoke City in the summer - was paraded on the pitch at half-time, both Wright-Phillips and Kermorgant showed they didn't plan on giving up their starting positions.

"I suppose that is another lesson learned because if we were that clinical on Saturday then we would be sitting here with six points," said Powell. "We've learned quickly and it is good for Bradley [Wright-Phillips] and Yann [Kermorgant].

"It was a terrific game for the neutral - end-to-end. We were clinical in the first period but they were definitely in the ascendancy second half.

"They got the early goal which I knew would change the mood of the game and they really put us on the back foot. They could have snatched the draw, but I thought Ben Hamer showed good handling at crucial times and we threw our bodies in the way."