Cullen ready to give his all for a strong finish as run-in approaches

Josh Cullen is ready to give it his all to ensure Charlton enjoy a strong end to the season.

The West Ham United loanee has been in good form since returning to the side at the end of January after being sidelined by a dislocated shoulder and he has nothing but success on his mind as the business end of the campaign nears.

Speaking following Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Doncaster Rovers, the 22-year-old midfielder was disappointed to see his side give up their lead at the Keepmoat Stadium, but was fully confident ahead of the Addicks’ return to SE7 against Portsmouth this weekend,

“We’re in the run-in now, we can’t afford to lose any games,” he explained.

“Portsmouth are a good side who have been up near the top of the table all season, but they’re coming to our back yard and we’ll be well up for it and looking to put on a good performance in front of our own fans to get the three points.

“It’s always nice to come back from an injury and get a run of games likes I have. I’m up to speed now and I just want to finish the season strongly and give everything I can for the club and the team. “Hopefully it will be a successful ending to the season for us.”

Speaking of the draw at the Keepmoat Stadium, Cullen emphasised the fact that, although it was a disappointment not to claim all three points, it was more important to avoid defeat to the team who are chasing Charlton’s tail in the play-offs.

“If you can’t win the game, don’t lose it,” said the Republic of Ireland U21 international.

“That’s what you go into every game thinking, especially away from home at a tough place to come against a team just behind us. We’re a little bit disappointed and a bit gutted that we haven’t won the game because we felt we should have, but it’s better to draw and keep that cushion than to lose it and they gain ground on us.”

Meanwhile, it was Cullen’s ball into the box that was turned into the net by John Marquis who earned an own goal to his name, but the Addicks middle man has insisted that he will try to claim it for himself.

“On the video, it looks like it’s on target!” he stated.

“I see it’s gone down as an own goal, but I’m going to get them to ask the question and appeal it and it will be nice if they can give it to me.

“They do have a dubious goal panel in League One, so fingers crossed!”

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