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George Dobson says Charlton knew they could turn the Fratton Park crowd as Addicks extend winning run at Pompey to seven

Charlton captain George Dobson revealed the Addicks players knew they could use the Fratton Park crowd to their advantage after the club registered a remarkable seventh consecutive win at Portsmouth.

Goals from Jes Rak-Sakyi and Scott Fraser, plus an own-goal from the hapless Owen Dale, meant the Addicks ended their eight-game winless run in League One.

The South Londoners have been triumphant on each of their last seven visits to Portsea Island, a run that stretches back to October 2005.

They’ve also won 10 of their last 11 away games against Pompey – with the sole defeat coming in a Premier League contest in April 2005.

Dobson, whose shot rebounded off a combination of goalkeeper Josh Griffiths and Dale for the Addicks’ third goal, said: “Someone said earlier that we’ve now won seven in a row here and 10 out of 11.

“It’s unbelievable because coming to a full Fratton Park – it’s a brilliant place to play football and a hard place to come normally. That record is brilliant. For some reason, Charlton at Fratton Park seems to work.

“They’ve been on a tough run of late and their results here haven’t been brilliant. We knew if we could get the first goal and frustrate the crowd, it would help us. Conceding so late on before half-time was disappointing but it was the reality check we needed that despite being in so much control, they’ve still got the quality to get something out of the game.

“We came out second half and were brilliant again. To a man, it was an outstanding performance.”


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