Garner thanks fans for their role in Exeter win

Garner celebrates with supporters

Ben Garner thanked the fans for the part they played in Charlton’s 4-2 home win against Exeter City.

The Addicks extended their unbeaten streak at home to six league games, with Chuks Aneke sealing victory on his return to the Charlton squad.

Speaking to CharltonTV he said: “I’d like to thank the supporters. For the run that we have been on, it could have been a bit flat, it could have been a little bit toxic but it wasn’t, it was positive.

“There was no negativity at the start of the game. That was a huge help. That atmosphere is so important for the players. They want to do well here [The Valley] and have done – we’re three wins, three draws in the league plus a couple of cup wins.

“Our home form has been great and we’ve been very close to getting those away wins that we want. This is very early on in the process here, I think we’re six points short of where we should be or deserve to be but that is where we are, there is no point sulking about that or getting bogged down with that, we’ve got to claw that back and make up as much ground as we can.

“The nice thing is that we are hunting the teams above us, we’re not worried about what is coming, we’re looking up the table and trying to pick a few teams off. “

Charlton controlled much of the game and Garner was pleased with what he saw.

He said: “I think in terms of our performance levels we have deserved more. We’ve been pretty consistent with that, we’ve had the odd drop, the odd disappointment but by and large we’re not losing a lot of games and it is very fine margins.

“We just needed a win. It didn’t matter too much how it came, I was really proud of the players, to have the run that we’ve had – we’re not losing a lot but we’ve drawn a lot of games – and the pressure that builds having not won in a period, to show the courage and bravery they did to still play and stick to our beliefs and what we want to do. It was really pleasing. In this period I’ve seen the team spirit grow and get closer, which has been a real positive for me. I think if you are winning games and building momentum, that’s easy, that just naturally happens but for it to happen during a difficult period and the players to roll up their sleeves. The standards around the training ground have improved – that will do us the world of good and we can really look forward to Portsmouth here on Monday night now.”

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