Powell lauds Charlton comeback

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Charlton boss Chris Powell praised his players' resolve after coming from behind to beat Bury 2-1.

The Addicks' unbeaten run looked under threat when Ryan Lowe put Bury 1-0 up at the break but Paul Hayes and Johnnie Jackson both scored in the second half to move them second in npower League One.

"I think it showed a great deal of resolve and character from all of my players," said Powell.

"At half-time we had to sort one or two things out and I said to them it wasn't us, it wasn't anywhere near the standards we've set ourselves this season.

"It was important for us to respond - and I got that. There was a crucial save by Ben Hamer on his full league debut, which could have been 2-0 to Bury. They're a decent team and we had to hang in there in the first half.

"But we saw a different Charlton in the second half and I think we ran out deserved winners on our second-half display.

"Johnnie Jackson led by example. He put in a great cross for Paul Hayes and then received a sublime through ball by Dale Stephens and finished it with quality. We were definitely the side in the ascendancy."

Richie Barker was left to rue that 15-minute spell after half-time, which turned the game on its head.

He said: "For three quarters of the game, we more than matched them. We said at half-time that the first 15 minutes of the second half were going to be important, as it proved to be. We only managed to last four minutes.

"If you'd have said at half-time that one team were favourites to get relegated before a ball was kicked and the other were favourites to win the league, you wouldn't have known which was which."

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