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In opposition: Charlton Athletic - what they're saying

25 March 2022

A modern day Charlton Athletic legend, Johnnie Jackson stepped into the managerial hotseat on a full time basis in December after a successful caretaker stint.

Jackson had more than 250 appearances under his belt for the Addicks when he opted to hang up his boots and focus solely on his coaching career in 2018. 

During his time on the pitch for Charlton, he captained them to the Sky Bet League One title in 2012 as well as a ninth placed finish in the Championship the following season. 

Jackson began his career with Tottenham Hotspur and made 24 appearances for the north London side, before stints with Colchester United and Notts County. 

Jackson on managing the win over Burton Albion: 

“I think we defended our lead well, protected it. 

“They’ve always got that threat with the long throw. They can reach the penalty box from pretty-much anywhere in their half, which is difficult because they don’t always necessarily earn that opportunity, but it’s coming in anyway. 

“It only takes a little ricochet, and we’ve not always been at our best in those situations. 

“We’ve dealt with, probably, double-figures with throws coming into our box, and we’ve stood up against that.” 

On securing back-to-back clean sheets: 

“It’s really pleasing. We spoke a lot in that poor run where we were conceding too many goals – we needed to get back to clean sheets. 

“That’s the bedrock in any good run in form. If you keep clean sheets, then you’re not going to lose games, and you’re going to win most of them. 

“I know now with guys coming back that we’re going to score goals, and that was a bit of an issue with us in that run as well. Now, we’re scoring goals again, and now we’re looking more solid.” 

On Conor Washington:  

“With Conor in the team, it is something that is real threat at any given moment. 

“When the other team is attacking and they want to be brave and leave Conor in one-on-one situations, then it is something we can exploit. 

“He has got great movement and is excellent on the shoulder. If there is space to hit, then we do look for it.” 

On link-up play between Washington and goalkeeper Craig MacGillivray: 

“It comes down to the execution. [MacGillivray] has done great in those two examples – spotted it, then got to execute it, and Conor then has to finish it off. 

“It’s great they are both looking for it, and willing to take it on. If you can get from your goal to their goal that quickly and get a goal, then why not? 

“There are loads of different ways to score. We’re pleased we’ve got that one in our locker.” 

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