Thatcher ready for battle
By Andrew Scurr
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Ben Thatcher believes plenty of hard work can get Charlton out of trouble.
Ben Thatcher believes plenty of hard work over the coming weeks can get Charlton out of trouble.
The Addicks are currently six points from safety at the bottom of the Premiership, but face a run of fixtures that will surely decide their fate.
League games against fellow strugglers West Ham, Watford and Wigan are all to come before the end of March.
Thatcher knows good results will put Alan Pardew's side in with a chance of avoiding the drop come May.
And with England internationals Darren Bent and Luke Young, and midfielder Andy Reid hopefully all fit, Thatcher is confident The Addicks can survive.
"Where we are now it is about making the panic set in in other teams and making them look over their shoulders," he said.
"The rest of the season is all about knuckling down, getting our key players fit and giving ourselves the best chance to get the right results."
Thatcher arrived at Charlton in a £500,000 deal from Manchester City during last month's transfer window.
The 31-year-old admits he was slightly surprised to learn about the move, but is ready for the battle for survival.
He added: "I had 18 months left on my contract at Manchester City and was in the team at the time, so it did come as a bit of a shock when Stuart Pearce called me and said they had agreed a fee with Charlton.
"I knew the position the club was in - but we are by no means dead and buried and have a good fighting chance.
"Since Alan Pardew took over results have been better, and it just appealed to me to be part of it and try to pull off the escape."