FLEDGLING FOX IS SHOWING NO FEAR
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.”
OFF TARGET: Bolton’s Neil Danns lets fly
HOLD ON: Astrit Ajdarevic and Bolton’s Chung -Yong Lee