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14 April 2013

Charlton boss Chris Powell refused to talk up his side's play-off chances, despite being just two wins off a top-six place.

The Londoners picked up their ninth away victory of the season at Oakwell with a thumping 6-0 win over Barnsley to move them up to ninth in the npower Championship table.

Bradley Pritchard gave Charlton a fourth-minute lead before Johnnie Jackson doubled their advantage. Yann Kermorgant headed a third after 48 minutes before Stephen Dawson was shown a straight red for a lunging tackle on the Frenchman.

Callum Harriott made it four before substitute Salim Kerkar made it five and Ricardo Fuller six as Charlton moved onto 57 points. However, Powell is determined to not get too carried away and was more concerned about securing their survival.

"No (we aren't talking about the play-offs), we might take just one more point," he said. "The way the fixtures are, we might be safe, but we are going to push on.

"The real question is can we keep this going for the final four games? I just want to savour the moment want to live and savour it with them - the team, the fans it's a great day for us. I'm really proud of them. We go about our business quietly and effectively, but days like this won't come around too often.

"It was one of the best. I won't say the best. To score six on the road - it's up there in my top three."

It was a horrible day for Barnsley who started the day clear of the drop one but now find themselves once again in the bottom three after Peterborough and Huddersfield picked up victories.

Seven wins from their last eight at Oakwell had galvanised the South Yorkshire club, but with matches against promotion-chasing Hull, Nottingham Forest as well as a final day clash with relegation rivals Huddersfield to come, the outlook is looking more bleak.

Manager David Flitcroft, however, sees things differently and said: "I'm looking forward to galvanising a group of players that are hurting. We will have two players missing (through suspension), it's about regrouping a gang of players who do want to play in this league. That will have emotionally scarred some players, but it hasn't scarred me. We can move on from this."

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