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By James Cunliffe at Vicarage Road
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Chris Powell hailed the reaction of his Charlton side as they twice came from behind in a breathless 4-3 victory at Watford .
Johnnie Jackson headed the winner in the 78th minute to ensure the Addicks started 2013 with a bang that ended a run of six games without a win.
A Tommie Hoban own goal levelled the scores a 1-1 after Daniel Pudil had handed the hosts a lead after 11 minutes, and Yann Kermorgant edged the south Londoners in front at the break.
The Hornets hit back twice after the restart to make it 3-2 but Kermorgant equalised quickly after Alex Geijo’s spot-kick looked to have turned the tide in the home side’s favour.
That set the stage for captain Jackson to steal the show with a bullet header – his fifth goal of the campaign.
Powell said: “We had a tough December with three draws and three losses, after having a very good November, so it’s a really positive result for us and a good way to kick off the New Year.
“[It was] a sensational game. I felt on balance, overall, we just about deserved it.
“They had some good chances and my keeper made a couple of good blocks.
“Overall we had ten chances to their five and it was good that we took four of them.
“It was a great game but a really testing game as well because we went 1-0 down after starting OK. Then [we went] 2-1 up, then 3-2 down.
“The response when we were 3-2 down, to score and equalise so quickly, really gave us a chance to go on and win it and that’s how it ended up.”
He added: “I’ve been saying to the players before Derby [in September] that we’ve been through three defeats before and we responded.
“We’ve done it again and I think for their own mindsets, individually and as a group of players, they know that if they perform anywhere near what they can do, they’ll get results and points in this league.
“It’s a tough league and we all know that. It’s a statement that I and any other manager will make.
“I don’t look too far ahead now. I used to plan quite a lot but it’s now just about our training week and the next game, because so many things change in the Championship.
“It’s a really topsy turvy league and it’s one we are getting used to, slowly but surely.”