Jones previews Derby trip


Nathan Jones has called for another bold performance from his Charlton side when they take on second-placed Derby County on Tuesday.

The Addicks travel to Pride Park on the back of successive draws against third-placed Bolton Wanderers and league leaders Portsmouth.

“We know Derby, for the level, is a very, very difficult game but we’re never going to fear anyone," the boss said. "We have a way of playing and we go after teams - that’s the mentality now.”

Jones watched the reverse fixture from an Executive Suite at The Valley earlier this month, which Derby won 1-0 courtesy of Nathaniel Mendez-Laing’s first-half strike.

“There was nothing in the game,” explained Jones. “Charlton were probably the better side in the second half.

“It’s just that Derby showed the one bit of quality in the game from a slight error that won them the game and that’s the margins. We have to show that quality but still be the aggressive team that we are.”

Lloyd Jones is unavailable for the Addicks as he begins a two-match suspension having collected his 10th caution of the campaign on Saturday.

“It gives someone else a chance,” Jones said. “That’s what we’ve demanded from people. We’ve got six centre-halves here. We’ve got Michael Hector back, [Lucas] Nessy is there and [Macaulay] Gillesphey came on and played [on Saturday]. We’ve got cover in there.

“It’s sad really because Lloyd's been in good form. He’s been aggressive and he’s defended fantastically well, but it gives someone else a chance now.”

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