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MANAGER'S VIEW CHARLTON

22 September 2012

Paul shares his thoughts from the matchday programme




There are 18, 19 big clubs in this league who will feel the same, that they should be in the top division.  It won’t be the history of those clubs that gets them promoted though, it will be down to who are the best teams.
This is a tough, tough league though. Charlton, like ourselves, have a great history, a great tradition. They will want to get back in the Premier League having been at that level not so long ago.
Finally I’d like to welcome Chris Powell, his staff and the Charlton players to Portman Road this afternoon. They enjoyed a terrific season last year, winning League One comfortably and they will want to carry on that momentum this year.
The supporters will be hurting as well and when times are tough you need the fans behind you. Since I have been here, I have seen nothing but fantastic support from the fans of this football club but it’s up to us to reward that backing with performances and results. They have not had enough of both over recent years and we have to turn that around.
It’s not pleasant but we have to stand up and be counted. There is no place for hiding, you have to stand tall and face the battle head on.
We are only six games into the season and we have to remember that but no one is more frustrated than myself at the position we are in at the moment.
It’s up to us to lift the supporters and at the moment we are not doing enough to do that. We just need to get a foothold in the game, to get that first goal so that we can have a springboard to push on.
Obviously when results are not going your way, the players can get nervy, the crowd get nervy as well. I could sense that from the first whistle on Wednesday.
Confidence is the magic formula in football, in sport, in life. If you can bottle it, you’d make a fortune. We just have to keep working hard to turn things around.
We are probably due a bit of luck but you also have to earn that fortune and when the ball doesn’t run for you and you don’t win games, inevitably the confidence can take a hit.
That said, we did more than enough to get something out of the game, just like we did at Middlesbrough last weekend. I’m saying that every week though.  The performances have been better than the results suggest but when you are not winning football matches it gets frustrating.
They are one of the biggest sides I have seen in years, Wolves, it really was the land of the giants so they were always going to be a threat at set-plays but we didn’t help ourselves by giving them cheap free-kicks.
You know it might not be your night when you see their first goal. It was just one of those things but our vulnerability at set-pieces came back to haunt us.
That’s where we are at the moment though. When we have got on top and created chances, we have not been able to take them. I’m not just talking about half chances either, we had gilt edged opportunities before they scored and after they scored but we have not been ruthless enough in front of goal.
It was a pretty tepid first-half on Wednesday – I think the highlight for the supporters was when the corner flag came out – but we finished the 45 minutes on top and could easily have gone in two goals up at the break.
That’s one of the positives about having two games in four days, you don’t have to wait too long to have the chance to put things right after what was obviously a disappointing night for us.
Welcome back to Portman Road for this afternoon’s game against Charlton and an opportunity for us to bounce back after Wednesday’s defeat by Wolves.

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