The months either side of the festive period proved key for Charlton Athletic’s season and ensured what could easily have proven to be a difficult campaign became a much tamer affair.
After a run of seven wins from ten matches as caretaker manager, Johnnie Jackson was handed the reins on a permanent basis.
Three more wins within the first few weeks of 2022 stabilised Charlton’s position in Sky Bet League One and eased any fears of relegation. But five straight defeats in February suggested all ills at had not been cured at The Valley.
Recent weeks have been more kind for Jackson’s side and they arrive at the Eco-Power Stadium sitting 15th in the table on 46 points after back-to-back victories.
Charlton have won 13 league matches this season with seven draws. Form over the last ten games has not been particularly strong with only three wins and a draw.
Jayden Stockley leads the way in the scoring charts with 12 goals while Conor Washington sits second on ten goals.
While form has not been consistent, the Addicks are adept at keeping clean sheets with 14 in total so far this term.
They have won 14 of the 18 games in which they have scored two or more goals and lost just once.
Meetings between Charlton and Rovers have been rare since both became part of the Football League but have been more plentiful in the last decade, with 12 matches since the 2013/14 campaign.
During that run – which includes the two legs of the 2018/19 play-off semi-final – Charlton won six with Rovers taking four victories.
The reverse fixture this season brought a 4-0 triumph at The Valley for Jackson’s side.