Leaburn: 'We came with the right mentality'


Miles Leaburn praised a professional performance from Charlton in Wednesday's 6-1 win against Cray Valley PM.

The prolific forward put the Addicks ahead just moments after the interval, rising highest to head home from close range and spark a flurry of second-half goals at the Artic Stadium.

“It was important that we came into the game with the attitude to get the job done," he told CharltonTV. "We were very good in the first half, just unfortunate with the penalty. In the second half, straight away with my goal, we showed that we were coming out with the right mentality and showing that we're taking it seriously and that we were going to win the game.

“Against Wigan and teams like that, when we get the goal it usually amps us up and gives us the extra spark. When I got my goal, you could see everyone get amped up and we kept on going.

“We've got a group of very good players, a lot of different finishes tonight as well, my header, Alfie from a tight angle and Dobbo’s screamer. It shows the quality we have got in this team - we have the ability to push on."

The 19-year-old attended a secondary school just across the road from Wednesday’s venue. Asked about the impact he has on the younger generation within the area, Leaburn said: “I think I played here for one of those school games. Me and some of the other players went to that school and it adds a special element to it.

“There is a Goals round the corner there and I went one time and saw some of the guys in the younger years talking to me and saying how well I am doing which is nice. Anyone has a chance as long as you put in the work."

The academy graduate was full of praise for 17-year-old forward Micah Mbick, who bagged less than three minutes into his senior debut for the club.

“Me and the other younger lads see Micah coming in and scoring straight off the bench and Harvey [Kedwell] also coming on and putting in a good performance. Me, Tyreece [Campbell] and Nathan [Asiimwe] have been there when we have come on, maybe a bit nervous. Everyone putting their arm around them just shows that they are confident enough to do what they do. I'm buzzing for Micah!"

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