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Charlton Athletic Football Club

  • Nickname:The Addicks
  • Founded:1905
  • Manager:José Riga
  • Ground:The Valley
  • Capacity:27111
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Young blow rocks Addicks

18 Dec 2006 - 16:24:17

Charlton Athletic's miserable season has been compounded by an injury blow that looks set to keep captain Luke Young sidelined over the busy festive period.

The England defender damaged knee ligaments in the second half of Saturday's 3-0 defeat by Liverpool and could be out of action for up to six weeks.

The Addicks also lost key midfielder Andy Reid to a hamstring strain just after half-time.

However, despite the double blow head coach Les Reed has set his second from bottom side a target to beat the drop.

"I've set a 42-point target, but when you look at the bottom of the table it wouldn't surprise me if a team could survive with 40 points or less," said Reed.

"There are some must-win games and others which we hope to get a point from - and there are some away games which we need to try and win.

"I'm a very positive person and I don't think me flying off the handle will help.

"I've got to show leadership, remain relaxed and exude belief to the players. If I don't do that we're in trouble.

"It's not easy for the players to come to terms with being at the bottom of the table.

"A good performance or a goal would do more for their confidence than anything I could say, but I have to continue to believe we're going to turn this round.

"I still believe there are enough games and enough points there for us to pull ourselves away."


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