Charlton get to grips with Championship life

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WEDNESDAY are not the only ones who have found that the Championship is much tougher than League One.

Charlton have found the going sticky at times, even though they romped away to promotion in first place last season.

Michael Morrison admits: “There’s a definite difference between the two levels; if I’m honest, it’s a bigger jump than we first thought.”

Chris Powell’s side won only one of their first six games and at one stage were in the lower reaches of the table. Then they had an up-and-down time - but a 5-4 home victory against Cardiff in November started a seven-match unbeaten run that only ended last Saturday at Bolton.

Morrison, reflecting on the season so far, told The Star: “We picked up a few injuries and probably did not have as steady a back four as we had last season.

“Up front we brought in a couple of new players who have energised us. We had a good run that came to an end last week. It general, it’s been a bit up and down but we have started to get to grips with it. It takes a while to do that.

“We’re in mid-table now and we don’t want to go any lower. Earlier we were a bit closer to the bottom; but when you start to go up the table you can play with less fear and more confidence.”

Like Wednesday, Charlton at one stage had a big game against Bristol City: “It was a six-pointer; we won it, and that was a good result for us; it was really tight in the table,” Morrison said, “But we have sort of got away from that now. We beat Leicester and Cardiff, and that gives confidence to the team.”

Ricardo Fuller was signed in the summer at the end of his contract at Stoke and ex-Sheffield United forward Rob Hulse arrived on a three-month loan from QPR in October, but Yann Kermorgant remains among striker options.