Charlton will be heading to Leicester in high spirits on Saturday after having a dreamy week of wins.
Leicester City are flying at the top of the table having only lost one game since Christmas, but when the two teams met at The Valley in August, The Addicks made sure to seal a 2-1 win over The Fox’s.
The Monday night madness at Sheffield Wednesday saw Charlton march through to the last eight of The FA CUP thanks to goals from Callum Harriott and Simon Church and Chris Powell celebrated by doing a chin up on the goal. One of the many reasons why I love Powell is his sheer passion for our club and I think that Chris and the team will be ready for a very tough game away at Leicester.
Chris Powell strengthened the fact that all focus has to be on our game against Leicester, “there is a lot of hard work ahead. We haven’t done anything yet. We go to Leicester in good heart, but it will be a tall order.”
Leicester have also had a good week, they hosted Ipswich and grabbed a 3-0 win last Saturday. My ‘one to watch’ this week is The Fox’s David Nugent who secured his 50th goal on Saturday in just 134 appearances.
There is a lot of talk about our young players that have shown a professional performance in the last week, on Monday Morgan Fox made his full debut for The Addicks and Diego Poyet played in his fourth game, which Chris Powell added, “it looked like it was his 400th!” Their hunger to perform well is clear when watching them play and hopefully they will continue to impress on Saturday if they get to make an appearance.
In the weekly press conference with Chris Powell he spoke about the general boost in confidence that the last week has given our club, “We’re going to Leicester on the back of a clean sheet in the league and a result in the cup. Our season looks a lot brighter now.”
Powell ended his footballing career at Leicester where he was also a first team coach before coming to Charlton. Michael Morrison also spent a majority of his career at Leicester and made 77 appearances for The Fox’s. Astrit Adjarevic spent a few games with them also, and I’m sure Astrit will want to show Leicester what he is made of on Saturday. Powell mentioned Astrit’s brief spell at Leicester but said it doesn’t mean as much to him, “Astrit was involved in a couple of games for Leicester off the bench, but he doesn’t have the memories.”
It was great for the club to have Ben Hamer back in action on Monday night, aswell as keeping a clean sheet, he also made a fantastic save near the end of the game to top off his first game back from injury. Rhoys Wiggins is also back into full fitness now and it also looks as if Leon Cort is making some progressions, so Chris Powell has a large squad to work wit this weekend. He said this week, “Leon Cort is not far away now and will hopefully be back in training next week.”
Hopefully Charlton will be able to top off their perfect week with a win over top of the league Leicester.
By Becca James