Cullen on set-piece routine: "We practiced it three times and that was the best of them all!"

Charlton’s impressive third goal against Stoke City came straight off the training ground with Josh Cullen’s clever corner leading to Conor Gallagher netting his first goal in senior football. 

Speaking to the assembled press about the set-piece routine, which saw the ball fizzed in to Taylor who then flicked it back to Gallagher to smash home, Cullen confessed that it was better than all the times they had practiced it.

"We practiced it about three times [on Friday], and that was the best of them all!” he explained. 

“I think there was a little bit of rain just before it so it just made the surface perfect for the routine and I could just zip it into Lyle. We got the signal and we caught eyes and we’re delighted that it worked. 

"It’s created from us, so we’ll have to change the signal now otherwise teams will know what it was! I think it’s credit to [Andy] Marshall, Johnnie Jackson and the manager because that shows how they go about their work and how much they watch the opposition and how diligently they look at things and see where we can get the edge.”

"Obviously, we had that free-kick against Doncaster in the last game here and then the corner today so that’s all credit to them, we just try to put it into practice."

(Charlton had the best set-piece record in League One last season. Click here to read more about how they did it.)

Gallagher happily smashed home from the set-piece to open his account for the Addicks in front of the Covered End in what was his first ever start in senior football and Cullen believes that the youngster will have a good season in South London.

"You’ve seen his quality,” he said.

“I’ve trained with him on Thursday and Friday and you can see that he’s a very talented lad and he works hard for the team and puts everything in. That’s all everyone wants so I think he’s going to be a great addition to the squad and, hopefully, he’ll have a very good season for us."

With two wins in two, Cullen made it clear that the Addicks will be keeping their feet firmly on the ground, adding: "We’re not going to get carried away. Let’s get to that safety mark as soon as we can and make sure we’re safe and then see where we go from there, the same way we did every game last season.

"We go into every game believing we can win it. We’ll take it step by step game by game and hopefully have a successful season."

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