Ryan Inniss insists that Charlton are only going to get better after an encouraging start from the new-look Addicks against Wigan Athletic on Saturday.
There were five debuts in total at the weekend, including Inniss as one of four starters making their bows for the club, with Lee Bowyer’s men claiming victory thanks to Jake Forster-Caskey’s second-half free-kick.
And the centre-back believes that it is the start of something exciting.
“It’s great to get off to a good start – a clean sheet and a win,” said Inniss.
"I’m really enjoying it. I’ve a few training sessions, it’s lively, the boys are great and we all get on. You learn more about your teammates on the pitch, they know what I’m about and I know what they’re about and what makes them tick, so it will only make us stronger together after playing together.”
“We’ll take each game as it comes for now and learn more about each other. We defended well and communicated well, but we haven’t had a lot of time to work on stuff on the training pitch, so we’re only going to get better and grow both as players and as a unit.
“We’ve got so much depth in every position now so everyone will have to bring their a-game, myself included because shirts are up for grabs.”
During the win over Wigan, Inniss was left with a bloody nose, joining Alfie Doughty in being one of two players who shed blood for the cause after the academy graduate received stitches following a whack to the head.
And Inniss believes that it showed the guts and determination the Addicks were willing to show to ensure the three points stayed in south London.
“The boys want to do the ugly things at times and in this division you definitely need to be able to do that,” he said.
“Especially in the last five minutes or so, you need that to get things over the line and that was the difference between one point and three points.
“The boys rallied well at the end and. Considering it was the first game with a lot of the boys as a unit, we’ve definitely got that base to kick on and progress as a team.”