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Charlton’s Ben Reeves: We know we can be better than we were during the win over Gillingham

A 2-0 victory over Gillingham made it four-straight league wins at The Valley, but Charlton’s Ben Reeves revealed that boss Lee Bowyer was still left wanting more.

Reeves opened the scoring himself after just six minutes, before Tariqe Fosu’s spectacular strike doubled the lead shortly before the interval.

The result made it seven victories in eight league games for the South Londoners but Bowyer was disappointed with some aspects of his side’s performance.

“Bow’s wasn’t happy at half-time,” explained Reeves.

“He knew we could do better and we knew that as well. I think it was important the three points but we knew we could do better. On another day maybe, we would have got more. But you can’t complain if you win 2-0. We know we can play better than that as well.

“We could have done it a lot more today. We lost both games against Gillingham last year so we knew it was going to be a tough game today. Another three points for us and we have to concentrate on the next one.

“Half-time was the main thing when he was saying we could do better. He was a bit disappointed with us at half-time, being 2-0 up as well. We could have gone again and maybe we didn’t. Maybe it will be a good thing, that we’re a bit fresher on Boxing Day hopefully.”

Charlton Athletic’s Ben Reeves celebrates scoring his side’s first goal of the game with Lyle Taylor

Midfielder Reeves’ strike was his first of the campaign, with Fosu also bagging his first from open play this campaign. Other than the five for Joe Aribo, goals have been hard to come by for Charlton’s engine-roomers this campaign – something that Reeves hopes will be put right now.

“It was important, I think. We both know we can score a lot of goals. T did last year and I know I can score a lot of goals as well. We need to make sure we do that this season because it’s important for the whole team to chip in. You can’t just rely on your strikers.

“I never have a target but I just know I should be getting double figures,” added Reeves, who achieved that milestone twice for former side Milton Keynes.

“I’ve done that a few times and I know I need to do that again. I just need to keep going. I probably should have had a hat-trick today. I didn’t have my shooting boots on. Most importantly was the three points for us. Tariqe has got his first goal from open-play, same as me.

“It’s only going to get better I think. Hopefully we can both go on a little run now and take the pressure off the strikers a little bit. Hopefully they’ll keep scoring as well.

“It would have been nice to get more goals today. I’m just more happy with the three points and concentrating on the team performance. Hopefully win after win. That’s the main thing for me but if I can chip in with goals as well, I’d like to.”

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