Garner: "It’s a really cruel result"

Ben Garner

Ben Garner felt his side were unlucky to come away on the wrong end of a 1-0 loss to Cheltenham Town in Sky Bet League One on Friday night.

Despite creating a number of chances and having solid defensive shape throughout, Alfie May struck in 85th minute on the counter attack for the visitors to snatch the points.

“Obviously, we’re really disappointed,” the gaffer said after the game. “It’s a really cruel result, especially based on the second half. I thought we started the game really well, and from the second half we were brilliant.

"We pinned them back, had complete control and stopped them from breaking. It was just a case of getting that goal which we didn’t do, and it was a really cruel blow at the end.”

Garner knows his side are more then capable of turning their recent form around.

“There’s no one more frustrated than me,” said Garner. “I get it, we should’ve won more games and that creates the situation that we are in and the only way to turn it around is to work hard and improve. We have to find a way to do that as quickly as we can.

“We certainly had opportunities, we must’ve had double figures in corners tonight,” said Garner on the chances for his side tonight. “I thought their keeper made a couple of good saves in the first half and we wasted a couple of chances.

"Some decision making could’ve been better, there were one or two occasions where we shot and could’ve played someone in, we have to be better in those situations.”

Garner handed full league debuts to Lucas Ness and Zach Mitchell in defence tonight and both were solid throughout in a back-three alongside Ryan Inniss.

“I thought Lucas and Zach, congratulations to both of them on their full debuts, were excellent,” he said. “I knew what I was going to get, they’re both brave, they’ll expect the ball in any situation.

“They defend well and give us a good balance on both sides. I thought they were a real positive in the performance tonight.”

Up next for the Addicks is Wednesday night’s Emirates FA Cup replay away to Stockport County.

“We’ve done well in the cups, it’s been great," said Garner. “I don’t think there’s a team in the country who have played more games than us this season and we’re doing that on a small squad with injuries that are having their challenges. We’ll have to make changes and pick wisely but of course try our best to win.”

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