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Charlton ace wants to beat Millwall for the fans after Crystal Palace disappointment

Charlton's Yann Kermorgant. Photo: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport Charlton's Yann Kermorgant. Photo: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

Thursday, November 29, 2012
7:00 AM

Charlton’s Yann Kermorgant is hoping to celebrate a London derby victory against Millwall on Saturday to make up for the Addicks’ 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace back in September.

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Defeat to bitter rivals Palace at The Valley was a major disappointment for Chris Powell’s side but they head into this weekend’s clash at The Den on a run of four wins from five games.

Frenchman Kermorgant scored for Charlton in their 2-0 win over Peterborough on Tuesday night on his return to the starting line-up after over two months on the sidelines with injury.

The 31-year-old has now set his sights on Millwall, who are also on a good run having climbed into the play-off places with five wins from their last six games.

“I know it’s a big game,” said Kermorgant. “Millwall are doing well as well and I know the fans don’t like them so it will be a big game, a big derby and we’re going to do our best to come back with the three points.”

He continued: “I remember against Palace when we lost at home it was a difficult time for us.

“We will try to not take revenge but to give something special for our fans. I’m sure a big crowd will come to support us and we’ll do our best.”

Kermorgant’s late tap-in against Peterborough was his third goal of the season but he admitted he was not expecting to play the full 90 minutes so soon after his recovery from injury.

“I was not surprised but very happy to start,” he said.

“The gaffer told me maybe I would play 60, 70 or 80 minutes but not more.

“But I tried to do my best and I think after [Ricardo Fuller’s] injury he decided to keep me on the pitch.

“He knows I will work hard until the end.”

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