The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Rob Ward

CHARLTON boss Chris Pow­ell be­lieves he knows ex­actly what but­tons to press to get the best out of Yann Ker­mor­gant af­ter the French­man’s silky skills sunk sorry Bris­tol City.

The 31-year-old’s tem­per­a­ment has been ma­ligned in the past and caused him to leave pre­vi­ous em­ploy­ers Le­ices­ter un­der a cloud af­ter his play-off penalty hor­ror.

But against the Robins he was un­stop­pable, scor­ing two be­fore Bobby Reid pulled one back for City, and then mak­ing an­other for Jonathan Obika, with skip­per John­nie Jack­son wrap­ping things up.

And Pow­ell in­sisted the striker, af­ter a 12-goal haul this sea­son, had fi­nally found a home in South Lon­don.

“I like him, I trust him,” he said. “He’s got that flair and shrug in his play but I can ac­cept that. I have to man­age play­ers in dif­fer­ent ways, but that’s what I’m here to do, that’s what I’m paid for.

“You only have to have a quiet word with him and I thought it was an out­stand­ing dis­play.

“He’s some player. Su­perb tech­nique, I know he’s a hero to the fans and he’s a ma­jor player for us. He showed ex­actly what he’s about.”

The re­sult seals a ninth­placed fin­ish for the Ad­dicks in their first sea­son back in the sec­ond tier, and Pow­ell was full of praise for his side af­ter a strong fin­ish to the cam­paign.

“We were ex­pected to be in the bot­tom six this year,” he said. “We’ve got one of the small­est bud­gets in the di­vi­sion and we’ve been punch­ing way above our weight all sea­son.

“It’s been a great sea­son though, all in all. I’m a bet­ter man­ager for this sea­son than last. It was a su­perb year for us, but this year was a big learn­ing curve for ev­ery­one.”

Af­ter a non-event of a first half typ­i­cal of a fi­nal-day en­counter, with both teams play­ing merely for pride, Ker­mor­gant broke the dead­lock two min­utes af­ter the break in style, vol­ley­ing in Mark Gower’s right-hand cross.

When he headed home Chris Solly’s cross just three min­utes later, it looked as though the Ad­dicks had the game sewn up un­til Reid pro­duced a delightful chip on the hour to beat David But­ton.

But with the away side’s im­pe­tus grow­ing, Ker­mor­gant’s au­da­cious chip can­noned off the bar and at the feet of Obika with 12 min­utes to go, leav­ing the Tot­ten­ham loa­nee with a sim­ple fin­ish, be­fore Jack­son added a fourth in the dy­ing min­utes.

At the end of City’s rel­e­ga­tion cam­paign, Sean O’Driscoll in­sisted his prime con­cern had never been sur­vival.

He said: “We’ve never gone into the sit­u­a­tion think­ing the idea was to try and stay in the di­vi­sion.

“It was the idea, but you have to look be­yond that and think ‘what do we need to be suc­cess­ful’. That’s what we’ve tried to do.

“If you look at the last two sea­sons, that’s prob­a­bly what’s been lack­ing. It’s not just on the play­ing field, but through­out the club.”

A big sum­mer turn­around has been pre­dicted at Ash­ton Gate, but O’Driscoll wouldn’t be drawn on po­ten­tial com­ings and go­ings.

“It’s fool­ish to say you’re go­ing to get rid of play­ers,” he said.

“The vast ma­jor­ity of play­ers are in con­tract next sea­son. It’s pretty straight for­ward for us. One or two of those out of con­tract we’ll lose, and one or two we’ll of­fer con­tracts to.

“You might want to make changes, but if a player’s un­der con­tract you’re limited in what you can do.

“You’ve got to change the cul­ture. All suc­cess­ful clubs have an iden­tity and a way of do­ing things.”


AT THE DOU­BLE: Yann Ker­mor­gant, right, cel­e­brates his sec­ond goal with cap­tain John­nie Jack­son

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