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BEN REEVES' SLANT ON THINGS

05-Oct 05:16, by Ketts

It has been a frustraing start to his Charlton career for Ben Reeves.

Mark Marshall and Ben Reeves were the two biggest names to arrive at The Valley during the summer.

Marshall has been sidelined with a knee injury picked up in a pre-season game at Stevenage, and Reeves has only featured in the Carabao Cup game at Exeter, and the Checkatrade Trophy game at Crawley.‎

Reeves missed a full pre-season training programme while he sorted his future out, and then picked up some niggling injuries.

Both players made their league debut for the Addicks from the bench at Fleetwood on Saturday, and also featured in Tuesday's behind-closed-doors friendly encounter with Ipswich at Sparrows Lane.

They are scheduled to take part in an internal game on Saturday, and they should then be ready to play a full part in Charlton's season.‎

It is not the start Reeves anticipated as he explained to the club's site: ‎

‎"I wanted to come in and hit the ground running but it wasn’t to be, and now it’s nice to be back with the lads and, most importantly, it was good that we got the three points on Saturday.

"I’m just as determined as the day I arrived here. There are a good group of lads here, some good players and I’m looking forward to playing with them.

"We have got a little bit of a break now and then hopefully we can build on Saturday’s win in our next league game.

"The boys have had a good start to the season and now hopefully I can come in and help them to continue that in the upcoming games and for the rest of the season.”

The absence of Reeves and Marshall has given Billy Clarke and Tariqe Fosu the chance to establish themselves in the team.

Both players have done well, with Fosu grabbing a hat-trick at Highbury on Saturday. It has been a frustrating time for Reeves. Players hate watching from the sidelines, they want to be on the pitch influencing things:‎

‎"We’ve had a couple of games that we think we should have got more out of but that happens with the way this league is sometimes. 

"The main thing is learning how to deal with games like that, which I think we are, and I think we are only going to get better as the season goes on.”‎

Reeves concluded his interview by stressing the importance of the mental side of the game:‎

‎"The winning mentality is key, getting used to winning games in quick succession - Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday - and getting those seven or nine points out of nine. 

"We want to be turning up to games like we did on Saturday,  turning up, putting a performance in, getting the win and then everyone going home happy. 

"The crowd can help us, lift us – like they did at the weekend - and get us through games as well."‎

 

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