Charlton skipper sees City clash as six-pointer

Charlton skipper Mark Hudson is banking on a spot of team bonding raising morale ahead of Saturday's vital Championship trip to Norwich. The managerless strugglers plan a paintballing session ahead of the Addicks' visit to Norfolk after conceding a last-gasp stoppage time equaliser to Derby in Monday's televised 2-2 league draw at The Valley.

Charlton skipper Mark Hudson is banking on a spot of team bonding raising morale ahead of Saturday's vital Championship trip to Norwich.

The managerless strugglers plan a paintballing session ahead of the Addicks' visit to Norfolk after conceding a last-gasp stoppage time equaliser to Derby in Monday's televised 2-2 league draw at The Valley.

"We're obviously disappointed with the finish of the Derby game," said Hudson. "We thought we'd killed the game off and had held the ball up well in the corners near the end. We had a chat afterwards about what we should have done, but it was a much better performance from the Coventry game, and we scored two good goals, so we go to Norwich with a bit of confidence.

"For 92 minutes against Derby we played well. We'll get rid of the disappointment this week when we've got a bit of paintballing and a bit of team bonding. Hopefully we can build on that throughout the week."


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Hudson is also looking to inflict psychological damage on the Canaries prior to the clubs' FA Cup third round date in south London as the former Premiership outfit bid to move out of the bottom three.

"We have to back up the performance against Derby this weekend," he said, "Norwich is in a similar situation to us, although we are a bit further down the table, but it's another six-pointer for us. The last couple of seconds weren't great against Derby, but we'll get over that, train hard and go from there. We made a good start to the game, got right in their faces, and did exactly what was asked of us. So we're disappointed how it ended, but we can take confidence from the 90 minutes and as long as we continue to do that for the next couple of games, we'll be all right."

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The Guildford-born skipper also backs young full back Grant Basey to prove his character at Carrow Road after inadvertently helping Nathan Ellington fire Derby level.

"Grant can't take it all on his shoulders," said Hudson. "He was trying to clear the ball and it came off his head but there was still plenty for everyone else to do after that. We had a chat about the second balls which we won for 92 minutes throughout the game. It was the first second ball they won and that cost us."

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