Jones: 'We're starting to lay a foundation'


Nathan Jones has heaped praise onto his players ahead of Saturday's trip to Fleetwood Town.

The Addicks, who are unbeaten in seven games under Jones, head to Lancashire seeking a third win on the spin.

“Everyone has been magnificent since I've come in," explained the boss. "The players need the credit - I know it’s a cliché of managers. I've demanded from them; I haven’t asked them to do stuff, I've demanded stuff from them. They've been magnificent.

"On a daily basis they give me everything. They take it all on board - the intelligence levels, the humility, the desire for work rate and then the camaraderie. It's a wonderful place [to work] and they've made my life far easier.

"If I'm honest, there's a good group of players here that want to learn and want to get better," he continued. "We're nowhere near where we want to be, but we're starting to lay a foundation."

Fleetwood come into this weekend's content having lost just once in their last seven outings.

“It's going to be a really tough test, a difficult game with the conditions," Jones said. "They're in decent form. I watched them - they were down to 10 men after 68 minutes against Stevenage and they had a really good chance to have won it.

"They will be well-drilled under Charlie [Adam], who I know really well. It's always a difficult place to go to at the best of times. In their recent form, it'll be a tough game and I'm sure that they'll be thinking exactly the same."

Asked for an update on the fitness of Lloyd Jones, who missed out last weekend, the gaffer revealed: "We pulled Lloyd [Jones] out because we had [Michael] Hector coming back. We obviously play with three centre-halves and stuff anyway, and we had [Nathan] Asiimwe that can fill in.

"Lloyd had a little niggle that we sorted out. He needed an injection - an easy injection - and we managed to give it to him then to free him up so he could train fully this week."

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