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Powell praises 'clinical' side

Charlton boss Chris Powell described his team as "clinical" as they cruised to a 3-0 win at League Two Oxford in their FA Cup third round replay.

Two goals from French striker Yann Kermorgant and one from Danny Green earned the Championship side a fourth-round trip to Huddersfield this Saturday.

It was Charlton's first win of 2014, and came after they almost went out to Oxford at The Valley last week. They trailed 2-0 at half-time but battled back to 2-2 with Kermorgant equalising late on.

At the Kassam Stadium they bossed the replay once Kermorgant and Green struck twice in three minutes near the end of the first half.

And Powell said: "Considering what we went through in the first game, I was very pleased with how we did in this one.

"Even though we had had a long trip to Middlesbrough last Saturday I thought the players put in a sterling effort.

"The goals came at the right time and I thought we were quite clinical tonight. I'm pleased with all aspects of our play and for our fans as well."

Powell is now hoping that the victory - only the Addicks' second win in 11 games - will revitalise them and boost their bid to beat the drop in the Championship.

He said: "We do need some momentum and to instill some confidence in the side, and we'll gain that tonight.

"Yann is our talisman in some respects and I was thinking of not playing him here. But he is so important to us.

"Simon Church, who is desperately chasing a goal, was very selfless for the second goal. He could have gone for goal but did the professional thing and squared it."

Powell hopes to bring in some new faces before the end of the month and he believes progress in the FA Cup will not harm the club.

"We've got another 10 days for transfers," he said. "We definitely need some new players to help us stay in the Championship.

"The FA Cup's much maligned, which is a disgrace really.

"We certainly treat the competition with respect and take it seriously, and I think the FA Cup could galvanise our season."

Oxford United manager Chris Wilder said: "We started well enough for the first 25 minutes and stayed competitive but gave two bad goals away. For the first one of our players didn't track, and the second one was a mistake.

"We tried to get back into the game in the second half, but it was the same. We started off on the front foot and made more of a game of it, but then ran out of steam.

"The one positive from the match for us was the performance of young (midfielder) Josh Ruffels. We need more competition for places and to freshen it up.

"We took a step back tonight. I don't mind going out of the competition but we went out the back door and not with a bang.

"We made it too easy for the Championship team."