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Harry Isted on putting Northampton Town error behind him and draw at Fleetwood Town

Charlton goalkeeper Harry Isted said he had to quickly put his recent error during the 1-1 draw at Northampton Town behind him.

The former Luton man’s slip gifted the Cobblers their leveller at Sixfields a fortnight ago.

But Isted, who was breached late on during Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Fleetwood Town, says moments like that are part of being a goalkeeper.

“I know I was the idiot who chose to be a goalkeeper when he was younger,” Isted told Charlton TV.

“You make mistakes and when you make a mistake it’s normally a goal to the other team. It’s a goldfish moment. You just forget about it, and you’ve got a job to do. There’s no point dwelling on that.”

Saturday’s tie with the Cod Army was far from a classic but extends the Addicks’ undefeated run to eight league games.

Isted made a pair of good stops in the first-half, denying Xavier Simons and former Charlton man Brendan Wiredu. He then preserved the point with a point-blank stop from Tommy Lonergan’s header late on.

He added: “That’s a positive to take from the game today, it’s another game unbeaten. The weather here, it was tough conditions to play in. It wasn’t a great game of football to watch, either. The only negative thing is the sloppy goal and not getting the clean sheet.

“In the last few matches, even though we’ve won the game, the goals we have conceded have been sloppy and avoidable. That’s the only thing bad to take away from the game. We had chances to win it. It is what it is and it’s another game unbeaten.”

The stopper, 27, worked with new Charlton boss Nathan Jones at Luton and was brought back into the starting 11 by the manager during his first game in charge at Reading.

Asked how Jones has managed to turn the side’s fortunes around, Isted said: “He drives a standard. He has a way of playing and he drives that into us. It’s a proper structure. We’ve been getting joy off it and it’s been working for us. We’ve got the players to do what he wants. It’s more about driving the standards every day in training and keeping the level at an elite level.

“We train every day and I’m confident whoever steps in front of me. The lads in front of me, I’m confident and hopefully that’s relayed, and they are confident with me behind them.

“Personally [during the rest of the season], and as a team, [we’d like to] stay unbeaten and get as many clean sheets as possible. That’s all we can really ask for.”


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