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MICHAEL DUFF PREVIEWS ADDICKS CLASH

22 September 2022

Interviews

MICHAEL DUFF PREVIEWS ADDICKS CLASH

22 September 2022

Our Head Coach spoke to the assembled press to preview our Sky Bet League One clash with Charlton Athletic on Saturday, kicking off at 3pm.

ON GIVING YOUNGSTERS A CHANCE IN THE WEEK

"I thought they were excellent. It's not trying to do the competition down, we think that's what the competition is for. I don't know a lot about Newcastle, but their obviously a big club, a Category 1 club. I'd imagine their team was put together with a bit of cost.

"The players came in, all delivered. There was a little bit of experience in there. I thought it was a good game of football. I go in the stands and just watch different things, it's good for

'Patto' [Martin Paterson] and Davvers [Martin Devaney] to get their hands dirty so to speak.

"It was a good response, a good performance and it gives you a chance of getting out of the game."

ON INJURIES AHEAD OF SATURDAY

"Brad is in this morning, it's good to see him. He's got a smile on his face, a nice swollen nose and a nice couple of black eyes. Other than that he's feeling much better in himself.

"Brad will definitely miss this weekend. He sees the specialist tomorrow. His CAT scan was clear which is the most important thing, there's no underlying damage. It's a case of seeing the specialist tomorrow, finding out about his airways and then later on down the line I imagine it's things like does he need to wear a mask, can he wear a mask, all those different kinds of things. We'll know more on Friday, but definitely out for the weekend.

"Jack's absolutely fine, he needed an injection to settle his back down. He trained Monday, Tuesday, he'll train Thursday, Friday. There's no issues there.

"Benson and Cadden came through absolutely fine. Josh Benson did something ridiculous, like 750 metres of high speed running in half an hour, which is off the charts. Cadds [Nicky Cadden] obviously played less minutes but got through his pre-loaded 45 minutes on Tuesday, so he'll be considered for selection as well."

ON CHARLTON ATHLETIC

"They've drawn too many games for their liking. Big club, had a turn around in terms of a new manager, new ideas. Last year they were a back 3, pretty much been a 4-3-3. Ben's got his own ideas on how the game should be played. They're pretty expansive, they're possession-based we think.

"But, they have players that can definitely hurt you. The league table, it isn't even a nonsense, my wife showed me a picture from Saturday and she went: 'oh look, you're 7th. It was because the app she was using hadn't updated properly and Wycombe who were beating Derby were 6th. Wycombe are 16th now I think, because Derby turned the game around.

"I think it's very early days, they're a big club. Well supported, obviously an ex-Premier League club."

ON HIS TEAM SO FAR THIS SEASON

"I've been impressed with their willingness to learn, ultimately. We've had to change in the short period of time I've been in. We've gone from a front two to a front three. They've shown a willingness to learn, a willingness to ask questions. That's what we're trying to create.

"Do we think we've arrived, no. I think it's a four-game unbeaten run, that's it. That's nothing to write home about. It's signs of progress which is the main thing that we've been looking for. Hopefully - it doesn't always work like this - but hopefully we'll only get better with the more work on the training ground. The group is the group now as well. We've had a lot of uncertainty whilst the window was open for two months of the season which probably didn't help anybody.

"There's a togetherness, a spirit that has definitely been shown and a willingness to learn. They'd be the takeaways so far."


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