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Charles: It was a very good point

Stanley striker Dion Charles discusses the 3-3 draw with Bristol Rovers

8 September 2019

Accrington Stanley striker Dion Charles admitted that the point earned in the thrilling 3-3 draw with Bristol Rovers was a very good one and that he was happy to grab a goal and an assist.

Charles provided the assist for Sam Finley's first half strike and he grabbed a late penalty to secure a point for Stanley, and the striker felt that they could have scored even more goals.

"It was a very good point, very well fought, the shift that the lads put in was phenomenal, going down to 10 men, going a goal down and coming back, and we absolutely battered them for the last 20 minutes, it could have been even more.

"There were a few other penalty decisions that could have gone our way on another day, but I thought they were quite lucky to get a point out of it to be honest.

"Personally I got a goal and I got an assist to Sam, even though he took the ball off me, but I'll take an assist for it, and it was a good match overall for everyone."

Stanley were reduced to 10 men early in the first half which led to a couple of substitutions, which meant that Charles had to move on to the wing for a little while, a positional change that the striker was happy to make for the team.

"I don't know what it was why we started so slow but luckily the lads dug in deep and we managed to get two goals in quick succession.

"It shows the character we've got in the dressing room, when you play like that with 10 men then you're not going to go far wrong.

"(I moved onto the wing) while the gaffer made some changes, but that's my game, I'm here to help the team and work as hard as I can for them, and like I say if it gets us a point then that's my job done."

Charles earned the penalty himself and admitted that he was feeling the nerves when stepping up to take it, but also that it's unacceptable to have objects thrown at you by a small proportion of the oppostition supporters.

"I was speaking to Clicker (Jordan Clark) and he said the ball wasn't even for me but luckily I've touched it into my path and he's just wiped me out.

"I was very nervous, I've never took a penalty in that situation before, but luckily I've put it away and that's all that matters.

"I was having a bit of banter with the fans afterwards, it's good fun but then having 20p pieces and £1 coins thrown at you is never a good sign, it's definitely unacceptable."

The referee suffered an injury towards the end of the game and Charles feels as though that delay was the best thing that could have happened for the hosts.

"That was the best thing that could have happened to them.

"We were absolutely battering them and they were up against the ropes and they were gone.

"I think we just need to be a bit more ruthless and go for the throat when we can."


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