Garner: "It's important that we keep building"


Ben Garner was thrilled with his side's showing in the Addicks' 4-2 triumph over Colchester United on Tuesday.

The Addicks overturned a two-goal deficit to prevail at the JobServe Community Stadium thanks to goals from Alex Gilbey, Miles Leaburn and Albie Morgan - and an Alan Judge own goal.

"It was really, really pleasing," the Manager told CharltonTV post-match. "I thought it was a good first-half display - the disappointment was the two goals conceded but we haven't done too much on set pieces yet. That's not our primary focus, that will come later in pre-season.

"The response was fantastic. We didn't let it knock us, we kept playing some really good stuff and scored two terrific goals. We had opportunities to get more. Everyone is coping really well so it's a really good day for us.

"Winning is a nice habit to have, for sure. Like I say the pleasing thing was we reacted so well to going behind. We didn't let that detract from our performance, we stuck to the game plan and the principles that we've spoken about.

"Huge credit goes to the players because since day one they have really bought into it. They've taken it on board, they've been positive with how we want to play and there's a nice buzz around training and at the training ground. The performances so far have been pretty good considering the time we've had together. It's important that we keep building now in the closing stages of pre-season. Obviously we want to start the season strong and push as quickly as we can."

Fresh from his two goals at Dartford, Miles Leaburn scored again on Tuesday and recorded two assists as the 18-year-old academy graduate impressed once more.

"Doing it on Saturday playing wide against Dartford and coming here and doing it as the nine against a good League Two team is a different kettle of fish completely," said Garner. "I thought he grew into the game, he grew in confidence and grew in stature as it went along. He showed wonderful composure for a young lad for the goal. It was another good performance from him. He's done really well, he needs to keep working hard and keep progressing now."

Meanwhile, the gaffer provided an update on summer signing Mandela Egbo, who was forced off in the first half at Dartford on Saturday.

"There's a fairly significant injury to his knee, which is the big disappointment of pre-season so far," revealed Garner. "He will have a period of time out. He's going to see a specialist next week. We don't think he will need an operation - we're almost certain that it won't. It will just be a case of rehabbing as quickly as possible. He's got a great attitude, he really has. He's so positive and he will do everything possible to get back quickly. We'll support him on and off the pitch in getting him back as quickly as we can.

"I never like to put a timeframe on it, but he'll certainly miss the start of the season and then it will be a case of getting him with us as quickly as we can."

On a positive note, new recruit Steven Sessegnon enjoyed his first minutes in a Charlton shirt.

"He will have more involvement on Saturday," explained the gaffer. "I think those first minutes are the hardest ones. Those 15 minutes it is hard to get up to the pace and get your second wind. It's nice to get him involved, he’s obviously trained for a period now. Looking forward to him building more minutes as we move forward."

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