Jones: 'The fans have driven the team on'


Nathan Jones says his side have made good use of the international break ahead of Friday's trip to Exeter City.

The 50-year-old has had a valuable two-week period with his squad at Sparrows Lane following a relentless start to life as Charlton boss.

“What we’ve been able to do is rest up a few, get one or two back and then put some real good work into the players which was essential, especially in the early stages," explained Jones. "We’ve been here for seven weeks so to be able to have two free weeks to work with them... hopefully we see the fruition of that.

“We take every game on its merits and we know that every game’s a different challenge," he continued. "They’re well-drilled, well-coached and it’s always a tough place to go. All we want to do is make sure that we keep this run going and get to the level of performance that we want to because we dipped slightly below it at Fleetwood, albeit in horrific conditions. We now want to get back to the levels that we were showing pre-Fleetwood.”

The Addicks will be backed by a sold-out away end at St James Park.

“The fans are brilliant," Jones added. "They’re so positive, the energy they bring… they’re just magnificent. This will be my 10th game and there’s seven away games! They’ve been vocal at every game and they’ve driven the team on. We’re coming to expect that now, but we don’t take that for granted.”

Asked for an update on the fitness of Kayne Ramsay, Lloyd Jones and Chuks Aneke, the gaffer said: “They’re all much closer than what they were before the break, so the squad’s in a much healthier position.”

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