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ALAN SETS AIM ON THE ADDICKS

23 November 2012

Striker looking to help team get back to winning ways

Town relish the big occasion according to striker Alan Lee and he believes that they will thrive on Saturday against a good Charlton team.

The Terriers visit the Valley just outside the Play-Off places knowing that a victory could send them back into the top six.

Lee was suspended for Town’s last visit to the Valley, however will be looking to replicate his last match against them this weekend.

“I scored at the Valley the last time I played there, but that’s a few years ago now!” he said.

“It’s a beautiful stadium and they receive good home support, but we have put in good performances when we have faced that this year.”

Last time out, Town suffered a 2-1 defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion and will be looking to put things right at the weekend.

“The bigger games are a much nicer pressure than when you go into a game and you are expected to win,” Lee said. 

“As one of the new teams to the League the pressure is generally off us, we are normally the underdogs. But, the Gaffer has made some great signings and we’ve got a really strong squad.”

Alan has made an impact as a substitute this season and his hoping for more of the same on Saturday.

“If I don’t play then I’ll be disappointed, but if I make a contribution then I’ll be happy for the rest of the week. 

“I know that if I can’t get on the pitch, then I’ve got to help in other ways by encouraging the lads and doing other bits and pieces off the pitch. 

“One of the most important things is team spirit and we have carried that on from last year,” the 34-year-old said.

Lee also realises that Town’s impressive opening to the season has helped them continue getting positive results.

“The start of the season was so important because if you have a bad start you find yourself under a lot of pressure,” the Irishman said.

“Sometimes a good run towards the end of the season doesn’t get you out of trouble, so I knew from my experience in the Championship that the beginning of the season is so important. We have had a fantastic start and the lads have taken so well to Championship level.”

Lee has made plenty of appearances in the second-tier of English football, however believes the standard now is a lot better than five years ago.

“You’ve got a lot of players now that have previously played in the Premier League. There are so many foreign players in the Premier League, which means there are really big players on big money in the Championship. 

"There is definitely a higher class of player in this division now, but anyone can still beat anyone and as long as we are in the mix, then we are happy.”

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