Jones: 'We want to be as front-footed as we can'


Nathan Jones wants to see a front-footed display from his Charlton side on Saturday when Portsmouth visit The Valley.

Pompey, who will be backed by a sold-out away end in SE7, have lost two Sky Bet League One fixtures on the road this season and currently sit top of the table, six points clear of second-placed Derby County who boast a game in hand.

"Portsmouth travel well and have an excellent fanbase, similar to Charlton who have had tough times in recent years but the fanbase has always been excellent in terms of how they have gone about stuff," said Jones.

"They're a really good, well-coached side that has got good players. We're really looking forward to the challenge in front of our fans. We want to be as aggressive and front-footed as we possibly can and then see if we can keep improving.

“John Mousinho's come in and done really well," he added. "It's going to be a really tough League One game - we know that - but it's also going to be very tough for Portsmouth."

Tyreeq Bakinson was absent from the Addicks' squad last weekend, while Panutche Camará enjoyed an 18-minute cameo from the bench.

“Tyreeq was ill and so we cleared him out of the place as, regardless if he recovered quickly or not, he could contaminate others so we took precautions with that," explained the boss. "Then Panutche picked up a knock in training on Thursday. He travelled with us and played some part in the game but it was probably a risk to start him.

"They’re in a better position than they were a week ago, as is everyone," he added. "Everyone is gathering that bit of momentum that we are demanding from them in different ways, that takes some time as well."

Jones also provided an update on the fitness of Kayne Ramsay, who was forced off late on during his full Charlton debut against Lincoln City.

“Kayne is still a little bit longer," revealed the gaffer. "He has a hamstring tendon issue, which again can be any timescale on it. It's going to keep him out for the foreseeable future in terms of our next three to four games."

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