Garner on draw with Cambridge United

Ben Garner looking at the pitch

Ben Garner said he wants to see his side play a little quicker than they did in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Cambridge United.

The Addicks had 66 per cent of possession and had 15 shots, to Cambridge’s 10, in a physical matchup at The Valley.

Speaking to CharltonTV after the game he said: “We can play a lot better even in the first half but we go ahead. I expected more of a reaction second half for us to push on but if anything we gave them a bit of momentum with some of our decision making. We need to do things a little bit quicker and a little bit more positive, so there are areas there that we can improve for sure.

“Credit to Cambridge, they worked ever so hard, they were resolute, they were organised but we didn’t push on enough in that second half. The last five or 10 minutes when we stepped on, I thought we were much, much better and we looked like getting a winning goal. There are areas to improve for sure and a lot of things we can do better but it is another point on the board, we’re unbeaten at home and we look ahead to next week now.”

The Addicks went 1-0 up before the break, when Scott Fraser netted his second goal of the season but Harvey Knibbs equalised in the second half and the visitors were able to hold on.

Garner added: “We get the goal, we go ahead and we need to be ruthless with it. Their goal and their opportunities second half, it’s us, it is our decision making that has led to that. It is good in some ways so that we can improve that and make sure it doesn’t happen moving forwards but we want to be winning these types of games. No disrespect to Cambridge we want to beat every team that comes here and for me we should have won today.”

The Charlton Manager was booked for dissent during the game and was not happy with referee Carl Brook. Speaking to the press after the game he advocated for referees to turn professional to match the level of the players.

He updated that Corey Blackett-Taylor was being assessed after being substituted in the 81st minute following a heavy challenge. Garner also confirmed that Conor McGrandles had fractured his hand in Tuesday’s night’s win against Plymouth Argyle, which is why he wasn’t in the squad, and that Steven Sessegnon had a hamstring injury.

The Addicks are back in action on Tuesday evening against Walsall in the Carabao Cup. The club aren’t allowed to stream the game but supporters can purchase a pass to listen to live audio commentary. Click here to purchase your pass.

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