Ben Reeves on his changing role at Charlton Athletic – and contract running out in June

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

Ben Reeves is enjoying his different role at Charlton Athletic – but reckons it has changed the type of goals he scores.

The former Milton Keynes midfielder headed in the winning goal in Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Burton Albion.

Reeves, 27, has netted four times this campaign. In midweek it was a diving header from close-range from Lyle Taylor’s cross.

“I’d never scored with my head before I came to Charlton and that is my third one now,” he said. “Hopefully they keep on coming. Most of my goals were from outside the box but that seems to have changed now.

“I knew I had to do my best to get to the back stick. Fortunately the defender gave me a yard or two of space and didn’t go for it – I had good sight of the ball the whole way through. It’s a big forehead [he has got] as well.”

Reeves has played in a midfield diamond but is usually not in the most advanced role. He started against Burton with Jonny Williams ruled out with a hamstring injury.

“It’s a new position for me,” said Reeves. “I’m used to playing in the 10 [role] but under Bows I have played centre-midfield really. A lot of the time I find myself protecting the four, which is new to me. I do a lot more running than I used to. I’m happy to do whatever to help the team.

“Look at this place – it’s brilliant. I consider myself lucky [to play] and hopefully that continues.”

The former Southampton trainee is out of contract at the end of the season.

Asked if he is relaxed about that situation – Reeves ran his MK deal down before signing for Charlton in August 2017 – brings the following response: “Yeah, yeah. I’ve just got to word hard and do the best for my team. My aim is to get promoted for Charlton. I like to be here and playing for this club – hopefully that continues.

“I don’t think we’ll ever give up [on getting automatic promotion]. The boys in our squad are not like that.”

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