Following Saturday’s impressive win over Portsmouth, Lyle Taylor is keen to keep the momentum going into the last 10 games of the season as the promotion-chasing Addicks look to end the campaign on a high.
The 2-1 win over Pompey but Charlton two points behind their opponents who occupy fourth place and opened up an eight-point gap over eighth-placed Peterborough. And, speaking from experience, the striker knows how important it is to head into any play-off campaign in form.
“At the end of the day, regardless of if we make the top two or the play-offs, we have to carry momentum into it,” he explained.
“I know from my time at Wimbledon. We finished seventh, but we were unbeaten in something like seven games and we just went from nowhere in mid-table into seventh and we carried the momentum to Wembley and we were never going to lose.
“Momentum is the biggest thing in football - belief. And you are only going to get that from going out there and dominating games like we did today.”
“The whole point of today [against Portsmouth] was to perform,” continued Taylor.
"We performed under massive pressure and the team as a whole performed really well. We got the points and those are the big thing at the moment because we’ve got 10 games left.
“We’ve got an outside chance of the top two, but that’s still a chance, so why not?”
Lee Bowyer’s men were dominant against Pompey and that was the most pleasing aspect for goalscorer Taylor, whose 51st-minute strike won the game for the Addicks and the forward was also pleased with how his new partnership alongside Igor Vetokele up to begins to take shape.
“We were brilliant out there,” he said.
We started off shaky in the first five minutes but, after that, we dominated it. That, for me, is the best thing - we dominated the ball. We were brilliant off the ball and, every time they cleared it, we mopped it up and were back on the attack.
“That is the most pleasing thing as a centre forward because it’s wave after wave. You’ve always got a chance.
“There were times today when i was looking for Igor and he was there, the same way that i would look for Karlan and he was there, so it is very promising,” added the 29-year old.
“We’ll do everything we can to let that partnership bare fruit and, hopefully, the team will continue to pick up points.
“Me and Karlan didn’t click straight away. We scored goals, but we didn’t click as a partnership straight away. It takes a few games. We’ve only started a few games together and had limited number of minutes together, so we will continue to work on it and gain an understanding, but Igor is a very good player, so i can’t imagine it will be that difficult.”
The Addicks are back in action at The Valley on Tuesday. You can get your ticket here.