Charlton: Wiggins shocked at Yann and Dale exit

By Rob Virtue on February 24, 2014 5:24 AM |

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Charlton full-back Rhoys Wiggins said losing Yann Kermorgant and Dale Stephens during last month's transfer window was like a "kick in the teeth".

But the 26-year-old, who recently signed a new four year contract, said he believes the incoming talent can help keep the Addicks up.

Wiggins said of the sale of Kermorgant and Stephens, who went to Bournemouth and Brighton respectively: "They were well liked by everyone in the dressing room so to see them go was a bit of a shock, a bit of a kick in the teeth, but we've replaced them with some good players.

"And if we come together and work hard for eachother I don't see why it won't be alright come the end of the season.

"We've had a lot of new faces come in since January and they want to do well for the team. We're still learning about eachother and how eachother plays, what movement they like doing. Hopefully, it's coming together for the end of the season. The big push."

Speaking after Charlton's 1-0 win over Queens Park Rangers on Saturday, Wiggins praised captain Johnnie Jackson for his winner.

The midfielder scored in injury time and Wiggins said: "He comes up with some good goals and some important goals like with his equaliser against Ipswich in the last minute as well.

"They are all going to play a part come the end of the season,

"Jacko's got that in him. He's done it for a few years now. He's a massive player for us. He's a captain who leads by example."

The Addicks take on Sheffield Wednesday tonight in the FA Cup fifth round for their second game in three days.

Wiggins said the side will go into the fixture full of confidence after the victory over Rangers.

"The cup's a good distraction," he said. "If we can get through this one we've got Sheffield United next round. It's a good draw.

"It's a tough place to go to, Sheffield Wednesday, but on the back of today I can see us getting a result up there."

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