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Dowie eyes away success
22 Sep 2006 - 12:07:14
Charlton Athletic manager Iain Dowie is determined to end his side's barren away run in this weekend's Premiership clash at Aston Villa.
The Addicks have not won away from The Valley in the Premiership for 11 months, when they triumphed 2-1 at Portsmouth.
After making an inauspicious start to this season, Dowie is keen to build on the midweek Carling Cup success against Carlisle United.
"We want to get an away victory as soon as we can because it could become a bit of an albatross around our neck if it runs on for too much longer," Dowie told the club's official website. "We need to put that right as soon as we can.
"We did feel that we could have got at least a draw at Chelsea and we were 1-0 up at West Ham until we went down to 10 men, so it's very important that we go away and be difficult to beat.
"We need to be solid but also create chances. If you go away and shut up shop looking for a 0-0 you'll end up getting hurt.
"We need to go up to Villa and make sure that when we have the ball we are very positive and when we're out of possession we will be nice and dogged.
"There were lots of positives from the Carlisle game. Amady Faye grew and grew in the game, defensively we were very solid and our movement up front caused them problems.
"I would have liked to have made more changes but with the injuries we've got it wasn't possible.
"And when you see some of the teams that have gone out with the sides that they put out - I think Man City made one change and Fulham just made a couple - the main thing is that we're in the hat."