Duo change the game for Addicks
Duo change the game for Addicks

Ben Reeves and young George Lapslie changed the game when they came off the subs bench‎ on Saturday.

Reeves’ inventiveness and eye for a pass will be potent weapons for the Addicks if he can remain fit.

Charlton fans have only fleetingly seen the Northern Ireland international’s class. He missed pre-season last campaign, and suffered a series of niggling set backs when he did play.

This time around, he picked up an injury on the first day of pre-season, but he was delighted with Saturday’s win over Wycombe.

Here is what he said to the club’s site:

“It’s three points and back-to-back-wins and the biggest thing for us now is to get a run together and climb the league.

“I can’t explain how frustrating it was. I worked really hard over the summer, coming in almost every day so to pick up an injury on the first day of pre-season was gutting for me.

“So, I just had to work really hard with the physios and fitness coaches who have been brilliant with me and now I’m back in the side so it’s feels good to be back.

“The most important thing for us is the run.

“We need a run of results, whether it’s a load of wins in a row, or just staying undefeated for ages, we just need something like that to push us forwards and I’m sure, with the players we have and the player’s that are coming back, that we can do that

“We knew it wouldn’t be easy coming from 1-0 down, but we showed a bit of fight.

“I know we let in a goal at the end, but we held on and the most important thing is the three points. Hopefully we can do the same thing next week.

“The own goal changed it for us and picked up the mood. The boys in midfield ran all day and were brilliant for us and the two up front were great as well, holding the ball up and getting in behind. The boys at the back defended brilliantly all game as well.

‎Reeves also enthused about newly appointed permanent manager, Lee Bowyer:

“He was always permanent manager to us anyway and it was the same at the back end of last year.

“He’s been good for all of us, it’s good to have a bit of fight in the side and that shows in the way we play now.”

The Addicks look set to lose one of their outstanding young talents.

Jeremy‎ Sarmiento, potentially the best player ever to emerge from Charlton’s fabled academy, is set to leave the club.

The talented 16-year-old has already represented Charlton at Under-23 level, but looks set to join Portuguese outfit Benfica.