Jones: 'We want another positive performance'


Nathan Jones wants to see another positive performance from his team when they take on Cambridge United this Saturday.

Charlton, who are unbeaten in their last 12 outings, travel to the Cledara Abbey Stadium following a 2-2 draw with Wigan Athletic at The Valley in midweek.

“All we’re concerned about is us - we’ll prepare our team for a tough test away at Cambridge," explained the boss. "It’s never easy going to Cambridge. They’ve got a new manager and it would have taken a bit of time to implement certain stuff, but they’re showing that they can get results now.

"I’ve watched the Barnsley and Wigan games which they won and I watched the Blackpool game where they narrowly lost. It shows that Garry’s doing a good job there because he’s getting something out of them.”

The Addicks will be backed by another sold-out away end this weekend and Jones highlighted the role they have played in his team's upturn in form.

“I think it’s a lovely game for our fans - Cambridge is a wonderful place in terms of going to visit. Some of the journeys they’ve had to do… Cheltenham on a Tuesday night, Derby on a Tuesday night, all the way up to Bolton, Fleetwood on a windy, terrible day - this Saturday in April will be a slightly more pleasant affair you’d imagine. 

"I’m delighted that they’re turning out in force again because we’re going to fill that away end behind the goal. I’ve got real fond memories of managing against Cambridge and we want another positive performance and a positive result. We want them to play their part in that, but for us to give them something to really get behind.”

The gaffer provided an update on Rarmani Edmonds-Green, who was absent from his matchday 18 in midweek. He said: “To be fair to him he’s been playing through a slight stiffness in his Achilles that’s curtailed stuff. I pick a team and I pick a bench that we believe can win us a game. There’s a big squad here now so there’s a lot of tough decisions I have to make, not so much for the team but actually the bench.”

Asked if he is considering experimenting with his squad in the remaining games, Jones explained: “We want to finish the season strong so it’s not about experimenting; it’s about making sure we pick teams that are respectful to everyone else. 

"I’ve actually been told it’s mathematical because of the permutations and teams playing each other and everything," he added. "That won’t change the players’ approach and if it does then that will quickly be eradicated. First and foremost, people have stuff to play for. We’ve still got something to play for, so have Cambridge, so have Shrewsbury and Wycombe will want to finish as high as possible too. 

"For the credibility of the league, we want to finish as strong as we can and we want to show that we can finish a lot higher than where we started [when I came in], so that will be the fundamental thing for us.”

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