Thatcher assures no repeat

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Ben Thatcher has admitted he was ashamed of his infamous challenge on Pedro Mendes, as the defender prepares to face Portsmouth for the first time since the incident.

Thatcher, who recently completed a move from Manchester City to Charlton, was banned for eight games earlier this season for an ugly forearm smash to the head of Mendes.

The force of the impact left Mendes hospitalised and Thatcher has revealed he assured his new manager Alan Pardew there would be no repeat of such indiscretions.

"I'm ashamed of what I did. I've assured Alan Pardew nothing like that will happen again," said Thatcher, whose Addicks side travel to Fratton Park on Saturday.

"I got my head down and trained hard every day. I just tried to show a good attitude to get something positive from a bad time.

"Bar one stupid challenge my disciplinary record over the last few years has been good."