Ladapo: 'It was special for me to score'

Ladapo celebrates

Freddie Ladapo insists his stunning equaliser against Lincoln City is a taste of things to come.

The striker has hit double figures in his last four seasons and scored his first goal for the Addicks with 17 minutes remaining last night at The Valley.

Speaking to CharltonTV, Ladapo commented: “I think that goal was a little taster of the things that I can do. I’m very happy to show people a little bit of that. Hopefully I can keep on building my fitness and my sharpness and getting more goals like that.

“It was special for me, for my family, my missus, my little one. I think my little one was sleeping actually when the goal went in but I’m sure the noise from everyone would have woken her up. It was special for the fans as well because they need something to cheer about.”

The 31-year-old was set up by the returning Chuks Aneke and seemed to form an immediate understanding with the fan-favourite.

“Chuks picked up the ball and he was actually screaming for me to leave it but as a selfish striker I was never going to leave it for him,” Ladapo said. “I just remember taking a couple of touches and getting a good strike on it and I could then just see it go right past the keeper before he even dived.

“I said thanks to Chuks, I definitely have to thank him after that. We both came on and impacted the game, we’re both hungry for goals.

“Me and Chuks just found a way to hit it off straight away, probably because I knew him from before coming here, it makes the relationship a little bit stronger.”

Ladapo said the Addicks must use the strong second-half performance as a platform. He explained: “We can’t really be selfish as we’ve had a lot of things not go our way. As long as we set good foundations and a nice building block for next week then that’s what we need to take from the game.”

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