Powell: Yann is the man

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Charlton manager Chris Powell believes new signing Yann Kermorgant will go from strength to strength after climbing off the bench to rescue a 1-1 draw at MK Dons.

Shaun Williams' penalty had given the Dons a half-time lead but Kermorgant nodded in his first goal for the club in the 76th minute to maintain the table-topping Addicks' unbeaten record.

Powell said: "MK Dons were on the front foot first half and we never got to grips with it, but what I like is that the boys showed how much they cared at half-time. They weren't happy with how it went, but I told them to keep calm and come through with the quality that we've got in the squad. I thought we were the better team overall in the second half."

He added: "We deservedly got the goal, it was well-worked and I'm really pleased for Danny Green and Yann Kermorgant. I'm giving the goal to Yann, 100 per cent, because I think he's earned that. He's had a tough time at Leicester, it's well documented what happened there.

"But I saw him every day and I knew at this level he could add to our squad and bring something different to us. I think people have seen that in just the two cameos that he's had. It's important for strikers to have their goals because it keeps their confidence up. He's made his mark now and we'll be looking for more from him, as I do all the players."

Williams deservedly put the Dons ahead from the penalty spot after 21 minutes, confidently stroking home his first goal for the club after Chris Solly had scythed down Dean Lewington in the box.

Charlton improved after the break and Kermorgant equalised for the Addicks in a pulsating finale when his near-post header from fellow sub Green's cross hit the inside of the post and rebounded into the net off Martin.

MK Dons assistant boss John Gorman said: "We are disappointed not to take all three points because we played against the side that are top of the league and, in the first half, we totally outplayed them.

"To be fair to them, Charlton came out in the second half looking like a strong team, forced some set-plays, but we actually had more clear-cut chances in the second half to finish the game. We're disappointed with their goal because our defence has been magnificent, but the ball came back off the post and hit our goalkeeper so there was nothing we could do.

"It was two good teams, two that will be up there for me. Charlton are top, but there's a long way to go and it's a very hard league. People might say it's no wins in five, but we've lost once all season in the league and the injuries we have at the moment is ridiculous."

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Leicester City
Chris Solly
Milton Keynes Dons
Chris Powell
League One
Dean Lewington
Yann Kermorgant
Charlton Athletic

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