Ambrose: Pardew's lifted Addicks

Darren Ambrose hailed manager Alan Pardew for helping put the feel-good factor back into Charlton this season.

Darren Ambrose hailed manager Alan Pardew for helping put the feel-good factor back into Charlton this season.

The Addicks head into Saturday’s trip to Barclays Premiership basement club Watford looking to build on the 4-0 thrashing of West Ham last weekend.

Despite their resounding victory over Pardew’s old club, other results mean Charlton are now six points behind Wigan, who occupy 17th place and with it top-flight safety.

The Latics visit The Valley on March 31, and while there is clearly still plenty of work ahead, Pardew’s men have at least given themselves more than a fighting chance of beating the drop.

It is a much-changed scenario to when the 45-year-old was dramatically appointed on Christmas Eve as their third manager of the season.

Ambrose has been impressed by the impact of the former Hammers boss.

“He has brought in new ideas, is very enthusiastic, training has been good and everyone has been on a high,” said the former England U21 midfielder.

“Going abroad before the West Ham game was a good trip.

“The boss called it a mini pre-season, and it was very tough, but it got us fit and all together.

“We got to know the new players and it worked because we came back with our best performance of the season.”

Ambrose, 22, admitted: “There were a few doubts about staying up before Alan Pardew arrived.

“There are bound to be when you are bottom of the league and not winning.

“Iain Dowie and Les Reed both had their own ideas, but unfortunately they were not working.

“Now Pardew has come in and his ideas are working, so we are all happy about that. No-one wants to be involved in going down.”

Ambrose, however, maintains that despite their recent upturn in fortunes no-one is taking anything for granted.

“We need another 10 performances like the one against West Ham, and if we do we will get out of it,” the former Ipswich and Newcastle midfielder said.

“This week has been the best we have had all season. There has been a buzz around the place and we need to take that into the Watford game.”

However, Ambrose stressed: “We all know there are a few teams around us who we have got to try to drag into the fight, but first we have got to get three points against Watford.

“We are confident, but we are not naïve enough to think we just have to turn up to win on Saturday.”

Ambrose was on target against the Hammers, in a match that saw the return to action of England duo Luke Young and Darren Bent.

Leading scorer Bent took his tally to 11 in his first appearance since the end of December.

Ambrose added: "Darren is guaranteed to score goals, and we have missed those goals when he has been out.

“He came came back last week and did not let anyone down. His mere presence lifts everyone.”

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