Garner reflects on loss at Barnsley


Ben Garner bemoaned missed chances and defensive errors, taking responsibility after the Addicks’ 3-1 loss at Barnsley.

Charlton created plenty of opportunities, particularly in the first half, but weren’t ruthless in front of goal unlike their opponents, who capitalised on defensive mistakes to secure three points.

Speaking to CharltonTV, Garner said: “It was not good enough really. Between the two boxes we are but at both ends of the pitch it wasn’t good enough. We didn’t defend with enough intensity. The first goal was a wonder goal but to give the goals away, that we did in the second half, was disappointing.

“To create the amount of positions we got into, the opportunities we had, we had to score more goals. Football is played in the two boxes. Between the two boxes we are good but we have to be better at both ends of the pitch. That’s my responsibility, I’m not putting that on anyone else. It is my responsibility to improve it.

“I thought the first half was a good performance, we just didn’t take our chances. We had better chances than them in the first half, by a clear way and they hit a worldie in. In the second half, I just think it was moments. I didn’t think they were on the top or we were under pressure, I just don’t think we’ve defended well in certain situations and that has cost us two very poor goals and the game is gone.”

Garner told CharltonTV presenter, Scott Minto, that Jes Rak-Sakyi was substituted as he was struggling after rolling his ankle and explained the Addicks switched to a 4-4-2 in the second half but despite working the ball into good positions were unable to make those positions count, Jack Payne's goal apart.

He added: “We get one back and to be fair to the lads, they kept pushing but you can’t give away goals like that and we have to be more clinical. It is a bit of a same old story at the moment and I’m not blaming anyone else other than myself.”

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