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VALLEY OF CHEER

Posted on 3 February 2006  - 12:00

Paul Stalteri believes our dramatic win at the Valley in October helped pave the way for our success so far in the Premiership this season.

Paul Stalteri believes our dramatic win at the Valley in October helped pave the way for our success so far in the Premiership this season.

Charlton were flying high at the time and stormed into a 2-0 lead thanks to a double from Darren Bent.

However, Ledley King's somewhat fortuitous goal got us back into the game, Mido equalised and Robbie Keane completed the comeback with a late winner.

"It was a big win at the time," reflected the Canadian defender. "It was a win away from home where we had to show a lot of character.

"It came after Grimsby and paved the way for us to go on a decent run.

"Charlton were playing well and were flying, they were 2-0 up but we managed to turn it around in the final 35 minutes.

"It was a big three points and those points would have boosted Charlton at the time as well, so it helped us close the gap on them."

Paul is well aware of the need to get back to winning ways when Charlton come to the Lane on Sunday.

"We're at home and you are expected to go out and try and win all your home games and it's no different for us on Sunday," he added.

"Every game is tough and when teams come to us at the moment they tend to be a little more defensive, more compact at the back and they will be hard to break down but it's something we have to do.

"We've had some poor results in the last couple of games so we're after nothing less than three points on Sunday and everyone knows that."