Jackson on Checkatrade Trophy exit, Fosu, Clarke and debutants Maynard-Brewer and Sarpong-Wiredu

Charlton assistant boss Johnnie Jackson was disappointed to see his team exit the Checkatrade Trophy but took the positives out of a game the Addicks lost 1-0 at home to Swansea City U21s.

The full interview will be available on Valley Pass later this evening.

On the result…

“(I’m) Disappointed with how we started, (we) ended it better but ultimately, in 90 minutes we haven’t really tested their keeper. Has everyone out there taken their opportunity? Probably not but certainly some positives to draw from it. 

“In the grand scheme of things, is it a disaster? No, because of just the fixture pile-up we’re faced with and the injuries we’ve got in the squad obviously is stretching us right to the limit at the moment.”

On the full debut of Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu…

“It’s nice from our point of view as coaches to be able to give kids debut and see them make that progression. It’s also nice to see how they handle it. I said to them before the game ‘It’s a great opportunity’, for the young ones to show the manager whether they are ready to be involved with us, can we rely on them to throw them in if need be? The more experienced ones, can they get in the starting XI? Can they hold a place down? Are they worthy of that? Then you’ve got Clarkey, valuable minutes for him, so a great game for him. So it was an opportunity for everyone in a different, some took it, some didn’t. I thought Brendan was excellent, it’s not his natural position either, I thought he did great.”

On Tariqe Fosu…

"We know what he is capable of Tariqe, we saw it last season. He hasn’t reached them heights yet this season but Walsall he did really well. He needs to play his way back into form, that was the idea behind giving him more minutes tonight because he’s missed a lot of football with injuries. Sometimes to really get up to speed, to get back to top form, you just need to keep playing, so that was the idea behind playing him again. The more he plays, I’m sure the more he’ll get back to that level."

On debutant Ashley Maynard-Brewer…

"It’s great to give debuts out. Ash is one that trains with us regularly, we know all about him. I think the opportunity was there tonight. Dillon (Phillips) played two days ago, could well play again in the replay, so it seemed a good opportunity to see what he can do and give him the opportunity of a debut. I think he did ok, he didn’t let us down tonight." 

The full interview will be available on Valley Pass later this evening.

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