Jones: 'It's a 2-2 that wasn't a 2-2 game'

Nathan Jones watches on

Nathan Jones was frustrated that his side’s two goals were not enough for a win, as the Addicks drew 2-2 with Wigan Athletic at the Valley on Tuesday night.

“This team hasn’t kept many clean sheets,” he said. “There’s been three managers now and no one’s kept clean sheets, me included.”

“That’s something that we need to address and we’ve got to be better at because I don’t want us to have to score three goals at home to win a football game,” he continued.

Despite scoring two goals, Jones also felt that the Addicks’ finishing could have been better. 

“We created enough to have punished them tonight,” he said. “If that’s 4-2 or 5-2 then no one’s moaning, no one’s saying we’ve got lucky there.”

“We’ve had 20 shots tonight. We’ve had double their shots, double their shots on target. It shows that we’ve had a right go tonight. The fans want three points but they’ve seen a team that’s proper front-footed tonight.”

“But when you don’t put them away, then it’s a 2-2 game, and that wasn’t a 2-2 game.”

He was nonetheless full of praise for his captain, George Dobson, who created Chuks Aneke’s 79th-minute equaliser with a lovely turn and cross.

“He affects the football game. That’s why I like him,” he said. “People think he’s an out of possession player because he runs about and slides in and wins it. People think he’s a defensive midfield player.”

“He’s not. He’s a better footballer than people give him credit for. I’ve seen that and recognised that. He’s affected pretty much every game of football he’s played for us and that’s all you can ask from a midfielder.”

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