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Mat Sadler Pre Charlton Athletic

9 May 2018

Skipper looks ahead to the first leg

Paul Hurst’s men take on Charlton Athletic in the first leg of the semi final Play-Offs on Thursday evening.

Town will travel to The Valley in the hope of replicating their last visit, which saw Town win 0-2 against The Addicks.

Mat Sadler and his squad are all pleased the games have arrived and they can now fully focus on the two crucial games at hand.

“We’re excited, it’s been a month or so of knowing our third place finish was cemented. It has been a strange couple of weeks. We are glad to have got them out of the way and it’s now gone by and the real stuff begins,” said Sadler.

“We know what a massive couple of games are ahead of us. If anything it has built the anticipation the way the last few weeks have been. We are very, very excited. It all gets ramped up now in terms of preparation.

“We will be playing a team where there will be 20,000-25,000 fans there. It’s a big, big game against an ex Premier League team with some good players so it’s very exciting.

“Fortunately we have had some good occasions this season in big games and played some big games this season. Of course you aren’t going to stop the nervous energy, you’re not going to stop the adrenalin pumping. You have to use them to get more energy out of your body to hopefully run that bit further and faster so the key is to utilise those emotions and feeling that’s are coursing through your body and use them positively.”

Sadler feels the previous games between the two sides will have no baring on the next game but hopes his team can go to The Valley and get a positive result, he said: “There is no psychological advantages in my opinion, these are two very different games so I don’t think there is any bearing on that.

“The atmosphere at their place and the atmosphere at our will get ramped up, that alters things a bit. There are different dimensions in the two games previously to the two games ahead of us so I don’t think you can really read into that.

“We played fantastically last time and anybody who saw that realised what a good team that we are. Good memories from the performance down there earlier on in the season and I would certainly take one of those Thursday night. Good memories but it is a completely different tie.”

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