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Macaulay Gillesphey: Harry Isted will bounce back from error at Northampton

Charlton defender Macaulay Gillesphey backs goalkeeper Harry Isted to bounce back from his error during the 1-1 draw at Northampton Town.

The Addicks stopper gifted Louis Appere a leveller 10 minutes from time after being caught in possession by Sam Hoskins.

The South Londoners had seemed set fair to secure a second clean sheet in three games with the Cobblers barely threatening Isted throughout the match.

But the error meant that Charlton had to settle for a point – and Isted was on the receiving end of a “hammering” from boss Nathan Jones in the dressing room.

Gillesphey said: “Harry probably knew [the telling off] was coming. It was probably expected. He’s a big boy, he’ll crack on. He’s fine with it. H will be disappointed with himself.

“He’ll crack on. As a defender we want to keep clean sheets, but we didn’t manage that. By the looks of it, we should have got the clean sheet.

“He’s a big boy. He’ll crack on and get on with it. The lads were encouraging him. But he knows. He’s experienced enough, he knows.

“We should have got the three points today. We created plenty of chances and they didn’t have many bar the one they scored. It’s a tough one to take but we crack on and go again. It’s always disappointment when you feel you should have taken the three points. It is what it is. Football, it happens.”

The Addicks still have statistically the fourth-worst defence in League One, having conceded 54 goals at an average of 1.5 per game this campaign.

But a total of just two goals conceded in the last three games suggest that new boss Jones has started to tighten things up at the back.

When asked how the new manager has helped to improve the Addicks’ rear guard, Gillesphey said: “From the front. It’s the whole team out there defending from the front.

“That helps, putting pressure on. Then when it comes to us, there’s a lot of pressure now to deliver. We’re doing alright overall as a team, defensively. A lot of sessions on the defensive shape. When to press and when not to press.”


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