Charlton Athletic's Yann Kermorgant writes for the KM Group
The past few weeks have been a very different experience for
At the end of last month, I was the centre of attention in many
ways as Charlton took on my former team Leicester City, and I
returned to their stadium for the first time since I left the
It wasn’t a happy time for me there, mostly because I once
missed an important penalty for them, but it was not as important
for me to play against Leicester as people might think.
It was an important game for the club, and it was a little bit
special for me because I didn’t play a lot at home when I was
there. It’s funny, because I always seemed to be on the bench for
the home games, so for me, it was more a new opportunity to play at
Thankfully, I managed to score in a good win, just as I did when
we won in the reverse match at The Valley last August.
Some people might have thought that my celebration was a bit
muted, especially because I was booed a bit by the Leicester fans,
but it’s never been my personality to celebrate and run everywhere
as though I’ve scored a goal in the World Cup final.
To be honest, the fans didn’t boo me as much as I thought they
would. I took that as a sign of respect, so I was thinking that I
would do the same and not take the mickey.
If there was a lot of interest in me, it was nothing compared to
when I was sent off against Nottingham Forest the following
I got a bit frustrated because we were being outclassed at home,
and when their player blocked me from getting to the ball, I tried
to come around him, then he blocked me again, so I pushed him with
I regret my gesture, of course. But the gaffer and the players
all know that I’m not a silly or nasty player, and they know that I
was angry and upset about my red card.
The worst thing was that we were already struggling, and I had
made it worse because we only had 10 men for the second half. And
then I was suspended for the next three games.
I returned for Saturday’s derby against Millwall and our defeat
was even more disappointing. We know how much the fans want to win
that game, and I don’t think that there was any lack of effort from
Had my free-kick been a couple of inches to the right, or the
referee seen when I was clearly fouled in the penalty area, the
result would probably have been different, but there is nothing we
can do about that now.
The international break this weekend means that we have a good
break to prepare for the final eight games of the season, and
getting the points that we need to make sure that we stay well
clear of the bottom three
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