Charlton Athletic keeper Ben Hamer says being dropped hurt

Ben Hamer

Charlton goalkeeper Ben Hamer says losing the number one spot helped him to regain his desire.

Addicks boss Chris Powell handed David Button a run of four games after defeat to Nottingham Forest in February.

Hamer told BBC London 94.9: "When the gaffer drops you from the team it does knock your confidence. I think he got the right reaction out of me.

"I realised how much it hurt not to be in the team. It was horrible watching, I just wanted to be out there playing."

He added: "I had to train hard and try and show him I wanted to be in there, I am here for the cause and I want us to stay up.

"I do like playing for this club."

Hamer returned to the side in Saturday's 3-2 win over Bolton and then made a string of saves in the 0-0 draw at Brighton & Hove Albion on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old, who joined Charlton in the summer of 2011, has made 37 appearances this season but accepts Chris Powell's decision to drop him.

"It was a hard one to take," Hamer said. "I was playing with a few injuries, it was getting tough and maybe I was getting a bit sloppy.

"He has given me the kick up the backside I probably needed. I appreciate it but it made me sharper and made me want it more, that's for sure."

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