Ben Garner – Charlton deserved at least a draw from narrow defeat at Hillsborough

Charlton boss Ben Garner felt his side deserved “at least a draw” from their narrow defeat at Sheffield Wednesday.

The Addicks were undone by Tyreeq Bakinson’s 81st minute header after impressing during an encouraging first hour in South Yorkshire – albeit without finding a breakthrough.

Chances came and went for the South Londoners – with Corey Blackett-Taylor looking the most likely for the visitors. But it was Wednesday who ended stronger and edged the contest late on.

The defeat was Garner’s first as Charlton manager but he wants to see his side take assurance from their display.

“Very [frustrated],” admitted the Addicks chief.

Bakinson heads Wednesday’s winner home. Kyle Andrews

“A really strong performance, so many positives in there. We just need to be a bit more clinical. We got punished for one moment where we didn’t defend our box well enough. Other than that, a really strong performance at one of the most difficult places to come, for sure. I’m really pleased with the overall performance and just disappointed we didn’t take anything from the game.

“You’ve only got to look at their squad – they have huge strength in debt and a good-sized budget here. They’ll be favourites [to go up], for sure. To come and play as well as we did and to have deserved at least a point, is a really positive sign for us.

Ben Garner – Charlton deserved at least a draw from narrow defeat at Hillsborough
Corey Blackett-Taylor saw chances come and go for the South Londoners. Kyle Andrews

“The bravery and character of the players, tactically how good they were, for probably the first hour – really, really good. So many positives and we have to take confidence from that. To come here and play in that manner against a team like Sheffield Wednesday. we have to have that disappointment that we haven’t taken anything from the game but we also need to take huge amounts of confidence going into Tuesday [against Plymouth at The Valley].

“They’ve had six shots, two on target. To restrict them to that here, with the firepower that they’ve got was excellent. It was a goal out of nothing, it wasn’t from pressure. We know they’re strong from crosses. We didn’t quite fill the goalframe well enough and we’ve been punished for it. We need to make sure performances like this in the future get points.”


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