Garner pleased with response but looking for more consistency from his team

Ben Garner surveys the scene

Ben Garner said he wants to see more consistency from his side after a 1-1 draw at home to Oxford United.

The Addicks remain unbeaten at home this season and came from a goal behind to secure a point against Karl Robinson’s side.

Speaking to CharltonTV after the game, Garner said: “I was disappointed, we want to be winning games here, whoever comes here. I’m pleased with the reaction in the second half but I’ve said that a few times this season, we can’t just turn up for 45 minutes.

“I think the less said about the first half the better but I credit the players for their reaction in the second half and the impact the players coming on the pitch had.”

When asked what his half-time team talk was like he said: “It was an angry one to be honest, I was struggling for positives in the first half. We weren’t brave without the ball, we weren’t aggressive, we weren’t intense, we didn’t show enough purpose and courage with the ball. We had countless opportunities to play through the lines and we’d turn out and take the safe option and go backwards. We have to show more courage with and without the ball, we have to play with a lot more positivity, there were elements of that in the second half. We gave one or two opportunities up because of the way we played but I’d much rather that and we’re having a go than what we did in the first half.”

At half-time, the Addicks switched to a 4-4-2 formation, bringing on Miles Leaburn and Charlie Kirk.

Garner said: “Getting two up against their centre halves gave us more of a threat and when you’ve got that, it encourages the players to look forwards more and play through the pitch. I thought the movement between our wide players and full backs was good in the second half and I thought the two midfield players did really well in there.

“The first half we were 1-0 down and we’ve not even thrown a punch, we’ve not even had a go, for me that’s not acceptable, that’s not what I want. It was a good reaction but we need to be doing that for 90 minutes and even playing better than that for 90 minutes.”

Jayden Stockley scored his second goal of the season, heading home a Charlie Kirk cross, the winger’s third assist of the season.

Garner said: “It was great to see Jayden get a goal because I think he’s deserved that. It’s a fantastic ball from Kirky, it really is – left foot, he stood it up and it is perfect. We thought the chance had gone. We had the one that squirmed through and hit the post, which I thought was handball. Looking back, it is handball, so we should have had a penalty and that has been our run of luck – six inches the other way and it is in. But a brilliant goal and I thought we would have had a brilliant second goal if it wasn’t for some brilliant defending, just getting across Sess [Steve Sessegnon] at the end [of a team move].”

The Addicks boss was pleased to see Mandela Egbo play 90 minutes and Sessegnon 68, with both recently returning from spells on the sidelines. He also confirmed Sean Clare missed the game through illness.

He added: “What the players have shown in the second half is they’ve got spirit, they’ve got fight and we’ve got quality throughout the team – we need to show it on a consistent basis. We need to show a real, strong mentality to keep doing that home and away.”

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