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Michael Carrick described the outcome of Sunday's encounter with Charlton as a 'much needed win'.

Michael Carrick described the outcome of Sunday's encounter with Charlton as a 'much needed win'.

It was a victory that keeps us fourth in the Premiership pecking order and ended a sequence of three league games without a win - or a goal. The team responded with three strikes before the visitors could respond and those at the Lane were treated to a fine exhibition of football.

"It was a much needed win really and I know the boys are delighted to get the three points and keep that fourth place ours for the next week or so," reacted the midfielder.

"I thought we started terrifically, passed and moved well and got the goal when we were on top.

"It gave us a lot of confidence - not that it was needed - and we took it on from there.

"They gave it a go and threw a few things at us, but I thought we played well and it was also good to get the goal just after half-time. That killed it off a bit and gave us a bit of a cushion."

Two from Jermain Defoe, with one inbetween from Jermain Jenas pretty much settled the contest before Jermome Thomas' reply on 69 minutes. While Michael is pleased to see the goals, once again, flowing from the boot of the little hitman, he pointed that the contribution from midfield is a vital support act.

"It was good, there has been a lot said about the front two in the last few weeks, but we all wanted them to do well and it was great to see the goals going in.

"Jermain did his bit and JJ did too. It is important to chip in with goals from midfield and it was good he broke forward and got a goal.

Everyone seems to be getting them - apart from me! As long as we are winning games it is okay, but if we can share it out it takes the pressure off the strikers.

"Fortunately Jermain scored two and everyone is happy."