Charlton Athletic: ‘Addicks building belief?’ – Ben Hamer

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Charlton’s penalty hero Ben Hamer insists the squad believes they can beat the drop after securing a much needed three points against Leeds on Tuesday night.

The Addicks took full advantage of a Leeds side which has been struggling with a number of issues off the pitch, securing a narrow
1-0 victory at Elland Road.

Hamer was called upon in the closing stages of the match when the home side were awarded a penalty and he guessed correctly to deny Ross McCormack.

Hamer said: “He had one against me earlier this season and put it down the middle. I just tried to stay up as long as I could to force him into one of the corners and luckily I chose the right way.

“My goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts has been getting on at me as I had not saved a penalty this season. What more important time to do it?”

Victory in Yorkshire helped the struggling Championship outfit to put a bit of breathing space between themselves and relegation zone, and they now sit three points above the drop zone with two games in hand on most teams around them.

The 26-year-old insists that Charlton cannot dwell on a good night’s work and must now look ahead to Saturday’s game with Reading as they look to collect as many points as possible in the remaining nine games.

“It gives us belief. Why can we not breed confidence from this?

“The fixtures are very demanding in this league and we have games Saturday-Tuesday until the end of the season. There is no rest for the wicked.

“We are in a predicament at the minute and need all the points we can get.

“The quicker we are safer, the better.”

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