Forster is secret to Norwich success - Parkinson

David Cuffley Charlton boss Phil Parkinson felt his side deserved to beat the Canaries - but paid tribute to goalkeeper Fraser Forster for his role in clinching promotion for League One's leaders.

David Cuffley

Charlton boss Phil Parkinson felt his side deserved to beat the Canaries - but paid tribute to goalkeeper Fraser Forster for his role in clinching promotion for League One's leaders.

Parkinson said: "I thought we deserved to win it.

"They've had one shot but their goalkeeper has performed very, very well and he's probably one of the main reasons why they've been promoted.

"He was tremendous. He put in a great performance for them and well done to Norwich for getting promotion. But in terms of our performance, we were excellent and it was as good as we've played in a long while."

Parkinson felt his promotion-chasing side could not have done any more to try to secure a vital home victory.

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He said: "I thought we played well in the first half. Bails (Nicky Bailey) has had two or three great chances and we couldn't have done much more.

"In the second half, we threw everything we possibly could at Norwich. We just couldn't get the ball in the back of the net.

"At half-time we said we were doing a lot of good things. We were passing the ball well, competing and being positive. In terms of belief, being on the front foot and having a real go, I thought we did everything we possibly could.

"They came with a solid 4-4-2. We were disappointed to concede a goal from a corner but, as I've said, I couldn't have asked for anything more from the lads."

Charlton were in the top two places until the turn of the year, and still have a chance of automatic promotion by taking second place. The Addicks are three points behind Leeds with three games to play - with their last home match against Leeds.

Parkinson said: "It's all there to play for still. Seeing no one else at the top has won, apart from Norwich, gives you a lift.

"I'm sure when I'm driving home, though, I'll be thinking about what might have been if we'd got the result today.

"The lads are down but we've said to them if they play like that again over the next three games, then we'll give ourselves a great chance. We had a real go today and I think the reaction from our supporters said it all."