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Powell praises Charlton’s character after Burnley victory

Charlton Athletic manager Chris Powell. Photo credit: PA Wire Charlton Athletic manager Chris Powell. Photo credit: PA Wire

Saturday, November 17, 2012
8:34 PM

Charlton manager Chris Powell believes his side’s character on their travels will stand them in good stead in the months ahead, after they won 1-0 at Burnley today.

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Danny Haynes’s second-half strike moved Charlton above their 10-man hosts in the Championship mid-table, although Powell can only wish for such success at home where results have been mixed.

Charlton do not have a good recent record at Turf Moor, where Sean Dyche’s side were seeking their fourth consecutive home win, but were value for the points as they stretched their unbeaten away record to six games.

Burnley were always up against it after Kieran Trippier was shown a red card for a handball after just 13 minutes - although Lee Grant saved Johnnie Jackson’s resulting penalty.

And it was not until the 69th minute that Haynes made the numerical advantage count, heading home from inside the penalty area.

“It’s a real tough place to come and they have been doing very well at home since Sean Dyche came in so we knew it would be a tough game,” said Powell.

“We’ve come away from a hard-fought game, with some contentious issues, and got the three points which you have got to do in the Championship because it is quite an unforgiving league but we are in a good place at the moment.

“It was a well-worked goal and when we had to be professional and see the game out I thought we did that and we got the got the clean sheet which was pleasing.”

But Powell played down an ugly confrontation with Burnley fans at the conclusion of the match.

“There was a lot of industrial language and we know that that happens at games from the fans to me and my players, I responded and there were some choice words but I won’t elaborate on it because it is gone now,” he added.

“Tensions and emotions run high and I understand that but of course if they feel my language was wrong then I feel it was two-fold. I shook a supporters hand at the end and we move on.”

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