Frustrated Pablo wants to start away

AN angry Pablo Counago admits he is frustrated at not starting in away games but will continue to abide by his manager's wishes.The Spaniard sparked a fight-back after finally going on as a 36th minute substitute and scored what he describes as the best goal of his career.

By Derek Davis

AN angry Pablo Counago admits he is frustrated at not starting in away games but will continue to abide by his manager's wishes.

The Spaniard sparked a fight-back after finally going on as a 36th minute substitute and scored what he describes as the best goal of his career.

He also won a penalty, which was missed by Alan Lee but it was still not enough as Town went down 3-1 at Charlton.

Blues fans began chanting Counago's name early in the first half before manager Jim Magilton finally relented.

Counago said: “I was angry about not starting as any player would be. You have to try and understand the manager and which players he wants for certain matches.

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“I'm also angry with myself for being on the bench and always want to do better.

“I hope this encourages him to play me from the start away from home, too. It is not a question for me it is for the manager.

“I always try to do the same thing. Every game for me is similar. I just want to help the team. Sometimes it works, not so much others.”

Magilton insisted he always picks what he sees as the best side for any given game.

He also added that he wants to see Counago fired up more, especially away from home.

He said: “That was probably the most fired-up I have ever seen Pablo. We want to see more of that from him.”

Counago revealed that he was not the only player angered by the first half display at The Valley.

He said: “We were all very angry at half time. The players were angry at the score and the way we played first half and wanted to do something about it.

“It has happened too often that we give the opposition two or three goals and then we start to do things right.”

Counago scored with an outstanding back heel from around 10 yards and was at the heart of all of Town's best play.

He said: “It was a really good goal for me. Probably the best of my career but it was not enough.

“We were disappointing first half but we had chances in the second half, we had the penalty and we hit the woodwork a couple of times.

“If we had got that second goal then we could have gone for the draw but the second goal never came.”

Counago insisted the players now appreciate that the game in hand against Leicester tomorrow night has added significance, with Town now slipping to 11th place in the table but with home games against Scunthorpe and Burnley to follow the visit of the Foxes.

Counago said: “It is very important for us now because if we take the three points then it helps.

“It will also give us confidence and if we can do the right things at home then we can look at changing the away results.”

Gary Roberts is suspended for tomorrow's game but everyone else should be available for selection.

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