The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Luke Baker


IT MAY have been the worst sea­son of Lee No­vak’s ca­reer, but the Charl­ton Athletic striker de­clared he is ready to fire in the goals be­tween now and the end of the cam­paign.

The 28-year-old, who joined from Birm­ing­ham City in the sum­mer, has had a stop-start sea­son, with in­juries and a loss of form hold­ing him back.

No­vak had scored just two goals in first 29 Addicks games and was forced to play sec­ond fid­dle to the likes of Josh Ma­gen­nis and Nicky Ajose.

But new boss Karl Robin­son has shown faith in No­vak, who has started Charl­ton’s last four league clashes, and the striker is desperate to re­pay it from here on.

“It’s good to be back play­ing,” said No­vak. “It’s been a frus­trat­ing sea­son, prob­a­bly the worst of my ca­reer with in­juries and not get­ting a run in the team.

“For the gaffer to trust me and put me back in there – me and Josh (Ma­gen­nis) have done well and been a bit of a hand­ful.

“I did ba­si­cally the full pre-sea­son and then, in the last game, I broke my hand. In hind­sight, I shouldn’t have started the sea­son with a bro­ken hand and then, in the next game, I broke it again.

“It’s all ifs and buts, but luck­ily for me I’m back in the team and hope­fully, after Tues­day’s win, we can start putting a run to­gether.”

Charl­ton were in freefall, with no win in eight, be­fore Tues­day’s dra­matic 2-1 vic­tory over high-fly­ing Scunthorpe at The Val­ley, but No­vak is con­fi­dent they can now kick on.

“I wouldn’t say we were get­ting sucked into a rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle,” he added.

“We knew that the next win was mas­sive.

“We’ve worked on a few things.

“The change of for­ma­tion worked and we got the big win we wanted.”

SET­BACKS: Lee No­vak

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