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Charlton chief hails response at Blackpool after Watford defeat

19:08 06 October 2012

Charlton Athletic's manager Chris Powell. Photo credit: Barrington Coombs/EMPICS

Charlton Athletic's manager Chris Powell. Photo credit: Barrington Coombs/EMPICS

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Charlton boss Chris Powell hailed his side’s spirit after they secured back-to-back away-day wins and in the process inflicted a third loss in four games on Blackpool.

Chris Solly, 21, settled the Charlton nerves 17 minutes from time as he fired in from long range to earn a 2-0 win after Leon Cort had earlier given the Addicks a surprise lead.

“I’m very, very pleased with our response from the loss on Tuesday (at home to Watford),” said Powell. “It was a real accomplished performance from the players.

“We weathered some first-half pressure but we knew it would be a test of character. I’m a big fan of (Blackpool boss) Ian Holloway and I knew we’d have to defend stoutly and we did that.

“In this league if you nudge in front you’ve got a real chance to win games. We’ve been hurt in recent games and I’ve been asking my side to keep a clean sheet because we’ve got goals in us.

“Tom Ince and Kevin Phillips came on but we were never under relentless pressure, but every player stuck to the task and I’m pleased we got the two goals, a clean sheet and I couldn’t be happier.

“I never scored a goal like that in my career. Chris Solly is a right-back by trade playing out of position but he’s been superb for me since I started managing the club and he’s a real favourite with the players and supporters.”

Blackpool enjoyed the first opening on 18 minutes but Matt Phillips saw his effort blocked, before Ricardo Fuller saw his effort hit the home crossbar for Charlton.

Striker Gary Taylor-Fletcher attempted a chip from range, which landed on the roof of Ben Hamer’s goal, before Phillips forced the Addicks goalkeeper to save low down to his left.

Fuller also went close again just moments before the break but Matt Gilks was equal to his effort and tipped around the post.

Charlton took the lead four minutes after the restart as Cort rose unchallenged to head home from a Dale Stephens corner.

The game was effectively over 17 minutes from time as defender Solly struck an unstoppable shot from distance to double Charlton’s lead, with Athletic holding out to record a second clean sheet of the season and a first win at Bloomfield Road since 1981.

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