Garner: “We want to keep the momentum going”


Ben Garner wants to see his side take the momentum gained from successive cup victories into Tuesday’s Carabao Cup tie at Stevenage.

Charlton travel to Hertfordshire in pursuit of a place in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.

Reflecting on the Addicks’ recent form, the manager said: “Overall, we’re pleased and we want to keep the momentum going and obviously the first step on that is trying to progress to the next round of the Carabao Cup.”

Garner’s men face a Stevenage side who have won all but one of their home games this season.

“We’ve watched some of their recent games and they are a really well-organised team,” he explained. “They are good at what they do and they have got a lot of good players within their squad.

“We set ourselves a target of winning these three cup games and we’re two down with one to go now. The away end is sold out tomorrow which is fantastic. It will be a great atmosphere from our point of view and we’re looking forward to the game. It’s a cup competition and we’re going there purely to win the game and try and get through to the next round.”

Garner will be without Terell Thomas, who was forced off with a hamstring injury on Saturday, while Conor McGrandles also suffered an impact injury during last weekend’s Emirates FA Cup clash.

“Terell had a scan this morning and it’s a tendon in his hamstring,” the boss revealed. “Again, it’s a really unfortunate injury because, as his knee was planted, there was impact and that’s just pulled the tendon in his hamstring. He’s going to be missing for a period of time.

“Unfortunately, Conor McGrandles took a heavy impact on his ankle and he’s also going to have a good period of time out as well,” added the boss. “We’re suffering with a lot of trauma injuries at the moment which is really unfortunate. There’s not too much we can do about that; it’s just bad luck and what’s happening within these games.

“We’ve lost a few but in the meantime the rest of us have got to roll up our sleeves, win as many games as we can and as the injured players start returning we’ll get stronger and stronger from there.”

The club have recalled academy graduate Deji Elerewe from his loan spell at National League side Wealdstone - subject to EFL approval - and Garner confirmed he will travel to the Lamex Stadium on Tuesday.

“Deji was recalled over the weekend,” he said. “He trained with us today and he’ll come straight into the squad for tomorrow, so that’s gives us another centre half.

“Ryan [Inniss] is back from suspension and available for tomorrow as well. We’re a little bit stretched and, as I say, we’re going to have to roll up our sleeves, get through this period, get as many results as we can and keep winning as many football games as we can. That’s all we can do really.”

Ashley Maynard-Brewer, who is on loan at Gillingham, recently featured for Charlton’s U21s at Bristol City as the goalkeepers nears a return to full fitness. Asked whether the stopper will return to Gills, Garner said: “We’re looking into that. First and foremost, we need to have a conversation with Gillingham and see where they are. Once Ash picked up that injury they brought in another goalkeeper who, by all accounts, has done very well there. I would say he’s now getting up to full fitness.

“From my perspective, if he’s going back there to play then brilliant but if he’s going there to sit on the bench then I would prefer to keep him here. We’ll have those conversations and then make what is the right decision both for us and for Ashley.”

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