Jones: 'We want a complete performance'


Nathan Jones wants to see his side finish their home campaign with a 'complete performance' against Shrewsbury Town at The Valley.

The Addicks go into this weekend's match on a 13-game unbeaten run.

“It would be fantastic to finish on a win," the gaffer said. "We have to make sure that we’re ready for the game physically, mentally and tactically. We want to win every game and we have that mentality now. 

"Building something special doesn’t happen bit part and happen one every two games; we have to be at it every game and they have been at it," continued Jones. "The performance levels have been there and we’ve not looked like we’re going to lose a game. 

"We’ve tried to be dominant in most games, we’ve tried to be aggressive in most games and we’ve tried to create chances which we have in every game. What we haven’t done is put that complete performance together really where we’ve been totally dominant and kept a clean sheet.”

Jones was delighted to see Charlton crowned Community Club of the Season at the 2024 EFL Awards ceremony in London on Sunday evening. 

“This club’s got a fantastic tradition of having the community at the forefront of its thinking and ingrained in its DNA," he explained. "We’re very proud of that as a football club. I knew that when I first came into the football club 12 years ago and I know that now. 

"Everyone is special and it just shows the unbelievable work that the football club does. It’s led by Jason Morgan and it’s just fantastic. We’re really, really proud of that, so congratulations to them and long may that continue.

“On Saturday, with the Upbeats walk, we wish them all the best," added Jones. "They do great work and they finance so much. Again, it’s just part of a wonderful community programme that we’ve got here and it’s an extension of the wonderful people that we have here.”

Asked for an update on Miles Leaburn's recovery, the boss said: "He’s progressing. There’s no value in trying to get him back early because of the extent of the injury. It was a hamstring injury and striker’s who are quick, pacey and powerful need their hamstrings. 

"It’s frustrating for the club because he’s been out and he’s missed the second part of the season. I haven’t been able to work with him so that’s frustrating. He’s on target, but we have to make sure that everything is right because you can’t risk a young player with an injury like that and one that’s very important to us.”

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