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MALKY MACKAY PREVIEWS CHARLTON ATHLETIC CLASH

19 February 2015

“We’re bringing real confidence into this one.” – Malky looks ahead to Charlton.

  • Confident Latics hoping to bring feel good factor back home.
  • Reading performance and attitude in the group superb.
  • Cowie, Barnett and Boyce unavailable, with McCann back in contention.
Malky Mackay looks ahead to the Sky Bet Championship clash with Charlton Athletic under the lights at the DW Stadium, discussing team news, squad confidence and the challenge ahead against the Addicks.

MALKY ON CONFIDENCE FROM READING

“The games are coming thick and fast after Tuesday night at Reading, but we’re full of confidence now after a terrific performance.

“Any away win in this division is good for confidence , but to come off the disappointment of the result against Nottingham Forest and then put in a determined performance like we did against Reading is fantastic for the players.



“There’s been freshness to this new group of players, and the Forest defeat was a blip in terms of performance.”

“The attitude was superb on Tuesday, even in the face of 12 minutes injury time the players kept themselves calm and composed and there was never any panic or danger.”

MALKY ON CHARLTON PROSPECT

“It’s not often we play on a Friday night, but it should be a great evening because with the kick off time comes that extra buzz to people ahead of the weekend.

“We’re really looking forward to this one, after beating Reading on Tuesday we’re bringing a feeling of real confidence with us and that’s something we want to share with the supporters come kick off.

“Charlton had a great result last weekend, one that nobody really expected.  If you don’t match up to the standards in this division then you’ll get punished and Charlton made sure it stayed that way, they were impressive against Brentford.

“It’s been that way since I started playing in the division and it’s the beauty of this division, because it doesn’t matter where you are in the table, you know it’s always going to be a contest.

“We’ve got to make sure we carry out those sorts of performances against everyone this season, and if we can keep playing the way we have been then we’ll keep picking up points.”

MALKY ON TEAM NEWS AND CHRIS HERD



“We’ve got Don Cowie, Leon Barnett and Emmerson Boyce all out at the moment.  Chris McCann comes back into the frame which helps us out at the moment, but we’re a bit low on numbers right now.

“We’re down to the bare bones at the minute because of the amount of players who have left the club.  We had Jordan Flores and Louis Robles on the bench and Joey Johnson travelled with us to Reading, three of the younger boys who gained experience.”

On Chris Herd, Mackay added:

“Chris’ injury is a real blow.  He’s torn his medial ligament badly and is going to need surgery.

“We’ve had to send him back to Aston Villa and that will be the end of his time here unfortunately.

“He’s been terrific for us in the last few weeks.  He brought energy, leadership and fight in his performances and he was looking to kick start his career.

“It’s a real blow for him, but I’m sure he and Aston Villa will do things properly and get himself back to fitness, because he’s a good kid.”

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