Last Updated: Sat, 02 Nov 2013 19:20
Charlton boss Chris Powell was ecstatic with the crucial 1-0 win at Birmingham and thought it should have been more conclusive.
The Addicks, now unbeaten in their last five games, clinched the three points with a 56th-minute winner from Dale Stephens who was on the mark for only the second time in the league this season .
Defence was the key to Charlton's win although the game had appeared to be heading to a dull goalless draw as neither side had shown any real potential to beak the stalemate.
Powell said: "I'm really pleased with the performance of the players. It was a crucial game but we warranted the three points.
"The start of the season was very mixed and we needed a foundation upon which to build.
"If you keep out the opposition you will get your chances. My only gripe was that it was only 1-0 and I felt 2-0 or 3-0 would have been right.
"All the players are doing their job and they fully deserved their win.
"Last season I thought we exceeded expectations and we raised the bar. We have lost a few players and we've had a lot of injuries this season to key players.
"I've given the players confidence to go out and play. They have given each other confidence and a platform and some are playing really well."
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