Before a ball was kicked at the start of the season, the Addicks were tipped as favourites to drop back into League One, fast forward six games and 14 points and the Addicks sit in second place, two points shy of the top spot.
Sam Field, who frustrated Reading during the Addicks' 2-0 win over the Royals at the weekend, insists the team's performance is down to the lack of pressure on the players.
"I think we just want to go and enjoy ourselves. The pressure’s off. The media might not think that much of us but we just want to go and show what we’re capable of. That’s what the manager wants as well. He knows that we’re good players.
"We don’t want to get too ahead of ourselves but to have 14 points by this time is a great step."
Field continued, explaining that the work behind the scenes more than plays its part in Charlton's results.
“We train really well, running hard in training and whatnot. I think it’s just that, going out and expressing ourselves. We only showed 60-70 per cent of what we can do. Everyone enjoys it when you’re playing well, getting on the ball and moving it. Just keep our heads to the ground, keep working hard and keep seeing what we can do.
"It’s just constant, you have to keep up with it. I think we’ve done really well to just stick in games. Sometimes, like Brentford the week before, you just have to stick in it. I’m sure we’ll keep our heads on the floor."
Despite Charton's hugely impressive start, Field insists that the Championship is a notoriously difficult league and he wont be getting too carried away with the sides recent form.
"I personally take it game by game. I think the lads have probably surprised themselves a bit. That’s what this league is about, it is absolute mayhem. One week you could be winning 3-0 and the next week losing 2-0..."
However, the 21-year-old did express that the side's win at the Madejski is a 'statement'
“It’s got to give us confidence to go into games and go 'you know what we’re not just here because we got promoted, we’re here to challenge'. A place like this, Reading are a good team, to win 2-0 is a real statement."
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