Jones: 'It was a fantastic point'

Nathan Jones claps supporters

Nathan Jones was pleased with the attacking quality his side showed on Saturday afternoon, as they drew 3-3 at Bolton Wanderers, the side with the best home record in the league.

“It is a fantastic point,” he told CharltonTV. “We never sat back or were content with anything. We kept going, and we were unlucky not to win it with Chuks’ [Aneke's] chance as well. You can see a real positive performance.

“In terms of endeavour, in terms of attacking threat, I’m absolutely delighted.”

The new boss believes that in their last two performances, the Addicks have shown a level of consistency that is key to improving the club’s fortunes.

“We were dominant in midweek at home, and you expect that. I want us to do that,” he said. “But then to back it up with the level of performance that we did today, with the young team, was fantastic. We’re showing that we can be consistent, because that’s two unbeaten now.”

The next step, he said, is turning one point into three: “We’re showing that we’re not losing games. Now we have to win a game.”

Jones was particularly delighted with the performances of two academy prospects. “[Daniel Kanu] and Karoy Anderson, for the ages – 18, 19 years of age and putting in the performances that they did today. Truly outstanding,” he said.

“This club’s got a great history of producing young players,” he continued. “I came here and I benefitted from the wonderful conveyor belt of talent and athletes that they produce at this football club. And you see it come through today.

“The two young boys, because they’re Charlton born, bred and developed, it’s always nice for them to do well.”

He was also pleased for debutant Thierry Small, despite a shaky start for the wing-back.

“His first contribution was to put [Victor] Adeboyejo clean through,” said Jones. “But he recovered really well. To have a debut that lasts 90 minutes at a really good side like this shows he’s looked after himself. And then to get a goal was a dream for him.”

Next up for the Addicks is Portsmouth at home on Saturday, and Jones hopes his side can build on two solid displays.

“If we keep increasing the performance and getting better, then that’s all we can do,” he said. “Then, God willing, we’ll get enough points that we moonwalk out of this position.”

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