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Charlton Athletic goalkeeper John Sullivan writes for the KM Group

John Sullivan
John Sullivan

Everyone connected to Charlton is currently in great spirits and after three wins in eight days, that’s hardly a surprise.

We’re top of the league, having taken more points at this stage of the season than last term’s league winners, Brighton & Hove Albion, had gained, so things are looking pretty rosy.

But everyone knows that there is a long way to go this season, and no one is resting on their laurels, as the fact that we have twice scored four times in our last three games perhaps demonstrates.

The thing with football is not to get too high when you are winning and too low when you lose.

Although the first team had Monday off this week after the long trip to Hartlepool United, it was a normal start to the week at Sparrows Lane, just as it was a few days after last month’s great win at Sheffield United and the defeat – our only league loss of the season – to Stevenage.

The focus is on assessing what’s happened, whether that was good or bad, learning from what we did, and either putting things right or maintaining and improving that.

We’ve only conceded one goal in those last three games, and of the previous four goals we conceded, two were deflected and two penalties. That shows the team is defending well.

It was a pretty easy decision for me to re-sign for Charlton in the summer. I loved my time here on loan last term.

Things have changed from last season and there’s a massive buzz about the place this year. I came in to push – and hopefully get past – Robbie Elliot but the club also signed Ben Hamer, who is a good lad and a good keeper.

It’s hard not playing. Any footballer – or anyone not doing the job they want to do – would find it tough. I’ve got to be realistic as well, though, and wait for my chance.

We face Preston North End on Saturday, who have slipped away a little bit in the league but are still one of our promotion rivals and they knocked us out of the Carling Cup in mid-September.

There should be a good-sized crowd and everyone’s looking forward to the match.

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