FLEDG­LING FOX IS SHOW­ING NO FEAR

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Ge­orge Jones To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

CHARL­TON de­fender Mor­gan Fox is relishing be­ing thrown in at deep end as Charl­ton con­tinue to scrap for Cham­pi­onship sur­vival.

In­jury to first-choice left-back Rhoys Wig­gins saw him make his league de­but as the Ad­dicks ground out a goal­less draw with Bolton on Good Fri­day.

Charl­ton head to Hills­bor­ough to­mor­row, the ground where Fox made his pro­fes­sional de­but in the FA Cup in Fe­bru­ary, for their 14th match in just 33 days.

And the fledg­ling de­fender is back­ing his team­mates to re­dis­cover their cup form in or­der to steer them­selves away from dan­ger.

“It is a dif­fer­ent sce­nario but with the po­si­tion we are in it makes ev­ery game like a cup game,” said the 20-year-old.

“We have got to win games and get as many points as we can in ev­ery game.

“Wed­nes­day were phys­i­cal when we played them and it turned into a bit of a dog fight in the end and we scrapped the win.

“We have got to stay con­fi­dent, ev­ery­one is fine and we all feel that we are good enough to stay in this league.

“I have been around the first team pic­ture since about Christ­mas time un­der Chris Pow­ell, and now Jose Riga.

“He says play with no fear, and the pres­sure is off be­cause I and the rest of the boys all trust in you.

“It is chance that I have been wait­ing for. I didn’t ex­pect to be in the team be­fore the end of the sea­son as Rhoys had been play­ing well and be­cause of where we are in the league but I am very happy.

“I have got great mem­o­ries from my pre­vi­ous game there so I am look­ing for­ward to it.

“It was a good point on Satur­day and they are all pre­cious at this stage of the sea­son.”

Charl­ton goal­keeper Ben Hamer spilled Liam Trot­ter’s close-range vol­ley on ten min­utes, but af­ter Michael Mor­ri­son hacked clear, the Ad­dicks coun­tered.

Astrit Aj­dare­vic switched the play to Fox and his de­light­ful cross was glanced just wide by Si­mon Church.

The Swede went close again on 21 min­utes when he volleyed wide from 12 yards and he then slid Reza Ghoochan­nejhad through, who was de­nied by Adam Bog­dan.

Aj­dare­vic con­tin­ued to drift into lit­tle pock­ets of space and on 27 min­utes he dragged a right­footed shot wide.

On 51 min­utes Diego Poyet did su­perbly to ac­ro­bat­i­cally clear Matt Mills’ header off the line with Hamer beaten.

Charl­ton felt they were de­nied a stonewall penalty on 58 min­utes when Church nipped in front of Bog­dan but then ap­peared to be caught by the keeper’s at­tempted clear­ance.

And Bolton’s best op­por­tu­nity ar­rived on 78 min­utes when Beck­ford broke through be­fore tee­ing up Neil Danns who fired over.

The re­sult moved Wan­der­ers onto 55 points and man­ager Dougie Freed­man felt they did enough to win the game.

“It was a very re­silient per­for­mance and we were very dogged in the sec­ond half,” he said.

“We dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion and I felt we cre­ated enough chances to win it.

“The game be­came very scrappy in the sec­ond half, end-toend, be­cause of a bit of tired­ness and fa­tigue.

“It looked like two teams try­ing to win the game. Credit to Charl­ton be­cause they are in a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion and they never gave up.

“In the end you don’t get any­thing for cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties but we did enough to edge the game.

“We de­fended very well and, of late, we have been tak­ing our chances, but on Satur­day we did not.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

OFF TAR­GET: Bolton’s Neil Danns lets fly

HOLD ON: Astrit Aj­dare­vic and Bolton’s Chung -Yong Lee

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