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Charles: It's just about keeping that momentum going

Stanley's Dion Charles previews the club's upcoming Sky Bet League One fixture with Portsmouth

13 December 2019

Accrington Stanley's Dion Charles is hoping he can help the club go four games unbeaten when the Reds welcome Portsmouth to the Wham Stadium tomorrow afternoon.

Stanley have recorded two wins and a draw in the last three games, and Charles knows how important it is that the club carries on the good form.

"It always helps when the team is playing well and we're getting the results, now it's just about keeping that momentum going forward.

"We've got a massive game coming up against a massive club in Portsmouth, so hopefully we can all put in a good performance and get the three points."

The striker was signed from Southport just four months ago, and Charles admits that his body has adapted well to the step up fron non-league football.

"My body has adapted quite well to the change, as it can be quite hard and demanding at times.

"I knew when I came here that I had to get used to it quickly if I want to go far in the game."

Charles secured a goal and a hat-trick of assists in the recent 7-1 win over Bolton Wanderers, and he explains that if he can't score himself then he'll do everything he can to provide an assist for one of his teammates.

"I like to score goals myself, but if you can't score goals then it's always good to provide the assists for other players in the team.

"I work hard every game and if I can't score, then I always like to think I can provide good opportunities for the other lads."

Charles has played up front with both Colby Bishop and Offrande Zanzala since joining the club in the summer, and the 24-year-old admits that it can only be a good thing having three very good strikers in the squad.

"I can play in a number of positions, both up front and out wide and playing with different people is good for me.

"We're all very good players here and it helps if you can adapt and make partnerships with every player."

The mood within the camp has significantly increased following the emphatic win over Bolton, and Charles understands the importance of having a happy squad.

"If you're thinking positive and you're doing well in training all the time, then it starts brushing off and you get good habits.

"We're doing it on match days as well now which is massive for us going ahead into the Christmas period."

Next up for Stanley is a home tie against Kenny Jackett's Portsmouth, but Charles is treating tomorrow's game like any of the others.

"It's still a normal game and it's still three points at stake.

"It doesn't matter who the opposition is, but it is nice when a visiting team brings lots of fans with them.

"My main focus is ultimately to perform well on the day and hopefully grab a goal or an assist for the team, and that'll hopefully mean we clinch the three points."

The Christmas period is rapidly approaching and despite having a lot of games coming up, Charles is taking it a game at a time and the striker doesn't want to look too far ahead.

"If you get a few good results during the festive period then you can fly up the table, and who knows what happens after that.

"We've got to take it a game at a time as at the minute we're doing very well, but we don't want to get too far ahead of ourselves."


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