Garner: “We want to bounce back quickly”


Ben Garner wants to see an instant response from his side against Ipswich Town at The Valley on Saturday.

The Addicks’ unbeaten home record came to an end on Tuesday following a 2-0 defeat against MK Dons, in what was Garner’s side’s first league defeat in six.

A bumper crowd is expected in SE7 on Saturday and the manager stressed the importance of the role the Charlton faithful play.

"For me I'd love to be packing out every game at The Valley,” Garner said. “We want to get as many fans in as possible to create that atmosphere in every single game. The support was great at Shrewsbury on Saturday with the players being able to go and celebrate with the supporters after the game and across the season at The Valley the support has been great.

“That's why that decision [Ryan Inniss’ red card and the subsequent penalty] in midweek is so frustrating because you don't just lose the game, you lose an unbeaten home record which has been a big strength of ours,” he added. “We want to put it right. We want to bounce back quickly on Saturday and the supporters will play a huge part with the atmosphere.

“It's a game we are really looking forward to. After the disappointment of Tuesday night I think it's a game that everyone will look forward to and be motivated for."

Garner confirmed Corey Blackett-Taylor is set to return to the matchday 18 following a minor hip injury.

"Corey was out on the grass yesterday and will train with the group today, so he will come into the squad.

"Tyreece [Campbell] is fine, he trained yesterday,” added the boss. “It was just an impact on his knee but no lasting damage with that.

"Miles [Leaburn] and DJ [Diallang Jaiyesimi] are obviously the longer-term ones and Ryan [Inniss] has now got a two-game ban."

The gaffer was full of praise for Kieran McKenna’s high-flying Ipswich side, who travel to SE7 sat second in Sky Bet League One.

"Ipswich are a really strong side,” he said. “It's well-documented that they have been heavily backed over the last couple of years financially and have had a real go on that front, but that doesn't guarantee success; it didn't last year.

“Kieran has gone in there and done a fantastic job since being appointed last season. They play in a really good way; they are a possession-based team who are very controlled in what they do and they have some really intelligent movement within their shape. With and without the ball they are very well-organised.

“You can see they are drilled on the training ground in what they do and they have got great depth to change the squad,” he continued. “They can play one of their nines and the two 10s and then they can completely change them in the next game and there's no drop in the quality - they just have different strengths and different abilities.

"That's the stage that hopefully we can get to with another couple of transfer windows and some investment to get a stronger squad in terms of depth.”

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