Tom Lockyer has urged the Charlton squad to put an end to a poor run of form and revive the feel good factor that saw the Addicks rise up the table earlier in the season.
Speaking after an action packed matchup at Kenilworth Road, the Wales international believes that Charlton are a positive result away from regaining our early season form.
“It’s backs against the wall at the moment but like the gaffer said, it’s a long old season. We’re under no illusions. If you go through a season without having a bad run then you’ve done very well and you’ll be up there. We’re on a bad run at the minute and everybody knows that.
“Winning is a habit but so is losing, so we have to make sure it's not a habit for much longer. The good thing about football is that there’s a game in two or three days so we have the chance to go and put it right back at The Valley infront of all the fans.” he said.
The squad is down to its bare bones, with the bench consisting of four academy graduates but Lockyer has been impressed with the youngsters who have been given the chance.
He said: “I always think a lot of it is down to luck in football, you come in and take your opportunity. That’s happening at the minute. They’ve got a chance to come and show what they can do.
“I thought Alfie was fantastic on the weekend and again tonight. Everyone knows how good Albie is, he’s back fully fit and it’s great. Josh looks a great prospect as well. Charlton have a good record of bringing players through so it doesn’t surprise me.”
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“We’re walking wounded at the moment. I think under any other circumstances I’d have come off today but I had to stay out there and do my bit for the team.
“Everyone’s trying to get back fit and help the lads out. It’s a case of patching yourselves up and getting back out there to help the team. Like I said, you build a squad for injuries, suspensions etc. Throughout the season, everyone has to play their part, so we go again.”
The Addicks created a handful of chances but fell to defeat at the hands of fellow newcomers Luton Town in controversial circumstances, the 24-year-old explained that the team are itching to get back to winning ways and he was full of praise for the travelling fans.
“I like to win games, that’s why I’m in the game. It’s what gives me that feel good factor. It’s why I train every day, to improve and win games.
“Nobody likes losing, especially the fans. They’ve come here and they were fantastic tonight, even when we were losing so thank you to them. Nobody likes losing and we’ve built that in the changing room. Everyone's a winner, we hate losing and all get grouchy. Like I said you’ll always have bad runs in football but we have to stick together and come out the other side.” he said.
Article by Nicks Emms