Charlton Athletic midfielder Bradley Pritchard writes for the KM Group
Charlton's Bradley Pritchard Picture: Keith Gillard
Sunday’s goalless draw with Wigan was our third shut-out in a row.
The gaffer is always telling us that clean sheets are the building block for something that we can push on from, so as long as we’ve got that foundation we can look forward.
A few weeks ago we had good chances but would concede after not taking them. So at least we’ve tightened up – it’s a massive positive.
Of course, I’m still kicking myself over that missed chance in the first half on Sunday. I tried to get my head over it but just couldn’t keep it down, which was frustrating because I’ve been doing some extra work with Keith Peacock one-on-one to try and improve my finishing.
I do always try and get into positions where I can get a chance and I feel I should be scoring more. When I get opportunities like the one I had on Sunday, I know I should convert them because at this level you don’t get many as clear cut as that.
We created a lot against Wigan. It was a bit frustrating to not score, especially when we were on top for long periods but there are a lot of positives to take from the game and a draw is a good result. We just needed a bit of quality with our final ball because at times the cross was too deep or just not quite right, so those are things that we need to work on.
Like the gaffer said in the changing room after the game, it’s better to work on those sort of things than have to work on defending because we’re maybe leaking too many goals.
It was a real loss when Yann (Kermorgant) had to limp off with an ankle injury. He is our talisman and we look to him for attacking inspiration. We like to play off him, so when he goes off, it is a blow.
He is important, in the same way a lot of other players are important to us in whatever role they’re trying to fulfil but he can be the heartbeat of our team when he’s at his best.
He’s so good in the air that it’s a quality that we would miss.
But now it’s just about trying to keep his head up, keep his spirits high and hopefully the injury won’t be too bad.
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