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Charlton safety buys Powell time

Wednesday 10th April 2013 9:38

Chris Powell: His side are almost mathematically safe

Chris Powell: His side are almost mathematically safe

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Charlton FanZoner Ben Ransom is relieved his side's Championship survival is almost secure, if only to buy boss Chris Powell more time.

"GOOOAALLL..." So started my tweet at about 4.55pm on Saturday afternoon. It's unlike me to get so excited about Charlton scoring that I feel the need to tell the world, but it was a hugely significant strike.

Jonathan Obika, on loan from Tottenham, glanced in a header in the sixth minute of stoppage time to make it 2-1 to the Addicks, and effectively guarantee another season of Championship football at the Valley.

That's it now, done and dusted. Seven points in a week has me breathing a little more easily, and looking forward to the inevitable rebuilding job to be done by Chris Powell and (if early reports are to be believed) Neil Warnock in the summer.

I'm the sort of fan who is always prepared to give the manager time and I'm delighted that Powell and his backroom staff have bought themselves an extended stay. There has never been one moment when I've not been proud to be a Charlton fan - but it's easier to talk glowingly about your club when you like the guy making the decisions!

Put simply, Powell has done a fantastic job. Yes he defends his players when they're not quite up to scratch. Yes he says we played well when at times we can see quite clearly that's not been the case. And yes we are still pretty rubbish at home. But when you consider that he's learning and money is quite clearly tight behind the scenes, it's a huge achievement to be where we are. The way we blitzed League One last season and have now survived in the most crazy division I've ever known is top drawer.

There are a lot of things that need to be sorted if we're going to get back to where we should be, challenging for promotion back to the Premier League, but it's nice to feel that we're not that far away. The big time was certainly a distant memory when I stood behind the goal at Northwich as we crashed out of the FA Cup a few years back.

The Championship is a tremendous division, and encapsulates everything that's good about football. I really hope we can now finish in the top half and make the club an attractive proposition to be able to bring in the sort of young hungry players we've always enjoyed watching at the Valley.

By Ben Ransom, FanZone's Charlton blogger. Follow him on Twitter at @SkysportsBenR - and don't forget to follow @FanZone too!

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