Powell hails 'exceptional' fans

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Charlton manager Chris Powell feels his side were buoyed by the biggest crowd at The Valley this season which helped them to a 3-1 win over Chesterfield.

Goals from Paul Hayes, Johnnie Jackson and Bradley Wright-Phillips in front of a crowd of 22,000 gave his side the victory. Danny Whitaker scored with a penalty for Chesterfield.

"Our crowds have been good this year and the atmosphere has been exceptional," said Powell. "But there were more fans in The Valley and I know what it's like when it's rocking, seeing the team try to win games in a good fashion and that's what we try to do."

He added: "It's great for us to have a crowd of over 20,000 and I want them to come back and enjoy where we are now.

"It's easy to complain when things aren't going your way so while we're unbeaten I want everyone to share in it. What's happened in the last few years has gone. It's now about being positive, bright and looking forward to our future."

Chesterfield boss John Sheridan was sent to the stands by referee Graham Scott midway through the second half.

He was angered after Scott turned down appeals for a penalty for handball.

After the match he refused to attend the press conference and Powell said he had sympathy for him.

"There were one or two handballs in the game and sometimes they go for you, sometimes they don't," said Powell. "I don't know what happened with John. The dugouts are quite wisely way away from each other.

"I've been there and I know emotions are high and you want things to go for you. I hope John's okay. He's a good man and a good manager."

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