Garner: "It was a very hard-fought point"


Ben Garner was pleased with the nature of his side's point at Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday afternoon.

Having fallen behind to Anis Mehmet's opener on 13 minutes, the Addicks hit back through Jesurun Rak-Sakyi and, on another day, could well have claimed all three points.

"It was a very hard-fought point," Garner told CharltonTV. "I thought it was a good game. Wycombe are very good at what they do and I thought they played really well. I was really proud of our players. Our bravery, courage, team spirit and togetherness when we had to dig in was really, really pleasing. The players were absolutely brilliant.

"It's a really tough place to come. I'm pleased with a point but also pleased that it wasn't a point where we were hanging on and it was all them; it was a point where we were really good and could easily have won the game." 

The Addicks were backed by 1,638 travelling supporters in Buckinghamshire and Garner was quick to thank each and every one of them.

"The fans were fantastic again," said the boss. "As always I thank every single one that made the journey to come here. The noise that was created certainly helped the team, it really did. 

"I’m getting a nice feeling of unity now between the group and the away supporters and at home," he added. "That’s something we want to grow. We want to try and align this football club again and get everyone pulling in the same direction and be excited for the future. We’re putting decent foundations in place but all of us - supporters, myself and everyone at the club - still wants to get better and improve."

The manager provided an update on centre-back Ryan Inniss, who was withdrawn on 74 minutes after picking up a knock.

"Everyone else is fine, but I'm not sure with Ryan," admitted Garner. "He's being assessed at the moment. He tried to continue and couldn't so we'll assess that and see where we are. Hopefully it's not serious because we've got too many at the moment and we need to get a few back in."

Asked about potential business in the transfer window, the gaffer said: "There are one or two areas that we'd like to strengthen. Whether we can or not is going to be down to availability and the budget we've got remaining, so we'll see over the next few days. 

"Anything can happen in the closing stages of the transfer window," explained Garner. "Any club in the Football League could get a phone call on Monday morning and there is a huge bid in for one of your players and the player wants to go. 

"There's things that can change and happen so we'll be ready and we'll be on our toes. Hopefully we can finish this window strongly and make sure we've got the depth and balance within that squad that will last the season, or certainly until January, and make us as competitive as we can possibly be."

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