Powell hails "superb" Church

Last Updated: Sat, 19 Oct 2013 19:08
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Charlton boss Chris Powell heaped praise on Simon Church after his "superb" goal was enough to earn a 1-0 win at Blackburn.

Church's smart volley after seven minutes gave Charlton their first away victory this season, exactly 1,000 days since Powell's first win as the Addicks' manager.

In a game of few chances, Church grabbed the only goal when he latched onto a chipped Dale Stephens pass before expertly controlling the ball with his chest and burying it with a cool side-footed volley.

"Simon scored for Wales in what was a big game for them and you could see the confidence in him," Powell said.

"He played well again in the lone role against Belgium and on Thursday and yesterday his finishing in training was superb.

"Goal scorers and strikers want to be out there and I just felt he would add that for us.

"It was a tremendous through ball from Dale Stephens, superb movement from Church in between centre-half and full-back, a great first touch and finished with aplomb.

"I'm really pleased for him."

Powell's side had failed to keep a clean sheet away from home before today and he put his side's first win at the seventh time of asking down to getting back to basics, and felt it was fully deserved.

He said: "We've analysed all the games and felt we needed to get back to basics a little bit because you can't just go out there and think you're going to win any game. You have to earn the right.

"It won't always be easy on the eye even though at times it was today from both teams but you have to change accordingly and we certainly did that towards the end of the game.

"The two-week break has done us good and we've got a little bit of momentum. It was hard-earned today and we had to put up the big red bus for the last 20 minutes and they fully deserved the three points today."



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