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Powell happy with Charlton's character

18 November 2012

Charlton manager Chris Powell believes his side's character on their travels will stand them in good stead in the months ahead, after they won 1-0 at Burnley.

Danny Haynes' second-half strike moved Charlton above their 10-man hosts in the Championship mid-table, although Powell can only wish for such success at home where results have been mixed.

"It's a real tough place to come and they have been doing very well at home since Sean Dyche came in so we knew it would be a tough game," said Powell. "We've come away from a hard-fought game, with some contentious issues, and got the three points which you have got to do in the Championship because it is quite an unforgiving league but we are in a good place at the moment."

He added: "It was a well-worked goal and when we had to be professional and see the game out I thought we did that and we got the got the clean sheet which was pleasing."

But Powell played down an ugly confrontation with Burnley fans at the conclusion of the match.

"There was a lot of industrial language and we know that that happens at games from the fans to me and my players, I responded and there were some choice words but I won't elaborate on it because it is gone now," he added.

"Tensions and emotions run high and I understand that but of course if they feel my language was wrong then I feel it was two-fold. I shook a supporters hand at the end and we move on."

Meanwhile, Dyche refused to be drawn on the red card to Kieran Trippier, which had the home faithful venting their frustration at referee Robert Madley throughout the match.

"I think the sending off is difficult," he said. "I've seen it again and it looks like the ball has hit him rather than him hit the ball. But what can you do?

"It's a tough call and you get away with some but we didn't. There were numerous other decisions as well. Referees have a tough job to do but we probably haven't had our fair balance over the last couple of weeks but you hope that evens itself out over the season."

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