Garner: "I'm delighted for the supporters"


Ben Garner hailed the performance of his side as they secured their third league victory in a row by beating Shrewsbury Town in Sky Bet League One on Saturday afternoon.

Despite creating a number of great chances in the first period at Montgomery Waters Meadow, the Addicks had nothing to show for their efforts at half-time.

But, 20 minutes from time, Jes Rak-Sakyi converted Jack Payne's low cross to seal all three points for the south-east Londoners, sealing their first away league success of 2022/23.

"It's been a long time coming and I think we had been unfortunate not to win away from home yet," the gaffer told CharltonTV. "It's a monkey off the back now and I'm delighted for the supporters.

"We spoke about our fans at half time and how we'd be kicking towards them in the second half and we really wanted to give them the three points, so hopefully they enjoyed it and will enjoy their journey home."

Shrewsbury had won five of their last seven league matches heading into Saturday's game but Garner's men largely kept them at bay.

He said: "They were a set-piece threat but we defended really well. They are very difficult to play against and are very well organised defensively.

"In the games of theirs that I have watched, teams have really struggled to create chances against them and we managed create a lot [in the first half] and didn't take them.

"We spoke at half-time about staying positive and carrying on the momentum that we have got and I'm so pleased that we got the goal because I really feel like we deserved the win."

Garner handed a full league debut to academy graduate Tyreece Campbell, who started the match on the left flank and impressed, going close to scoring with a rasping drive on 19 minutes.

Garner said: "It was brilliant for Tyreece and I know he played a couple of minutes last season but I've said to him in the changing room, 'that's your proper debut, starting a league game'.

"He did excellently and he has excited me over the last few weeks and has so much ability. When we lost Corey [Blackett-Taylor] to a little injury, I wanted a similar type of player and he took his opportunity with both hands."

Up next for the Addicks are two home fixtures, starting against MK Dons on Tuesday night.

He said: "We're looking forward to it and the lads would play it tomorrow if they could. We are on a great run and now we've got two home games to come. We're really looking forward to getting back to The Valley on Tuesday night."

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