Josh Davison: "It’s crazy how life can change so quickly”

Soon after the Charlton’s 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, goalscorer Josh Davison spoke to detailing what it was like score his first goal for the Addicks.

Speaking on his goal, which saw Lee Bowyer's men make it 1-1 at The Valley against the table-toppers, Davison admitted he didn’t know how to react or even if he'd actually scored.

“It was unreal," he explained.

"I didn’t think it went in at first and I just didn’t know what to do, so just went a celebrated! It was an unbelievable feeling.

“There was a chance against West-Brom in the last game [FA Cup] where Naby Sarr did exactly the same and I hit the bar. So, I knew he’d win it and I’d back him to win it, so I put myself in that area, got the flick and put it in”.

Davison also talked about how he has been trying to adapt to the physical demands of the Championship having made the step up from U23 football and believes he’s improving every week. 

“I think I've been getting used to playing with those physical players," he said.

“It’s something I need to be able to step in and do for the team because, when the opportunity comes up, I need to be able to make it stick. So in training, that’s what I try to do and it’s just practice and it’s starting to reflect in my game.”

It’s been a crazy few months for the young forward, coming up from the Isthmian League with Enfield Town after scoring six goals for them in 23 appearances which earned him the move to SE7. 

"It’s a bit surreal how five months ago I was playing in that league, and now to score my first goal in the Championship. It’s crazy how life can change so quickly," beamed the 20-year old.

Meanwhile, speaking of his progress, U23s manager Jason Euell shared his delight at Davison being given the opportunity to perform for the first team but hopes he can continue to grow as a player and keep his place in and around the first team. 

“I’m always pleased when the boys get their opportunity and it’s even better that he was able to get his goal after the work that he’s put in during the game," said Euell.

"It’s more deserved that he got the goal with the performance he put in before he got his goal. I’m always pleased for the boys to go up there and play for the first team, its brilliant once you’re up there but it’s even harder to stay up there and I think that’s always the one point they need to get in their heads. Once they’re up there, they need to stay there. 

“I always say it in a nice way that I don’t want them with me. It’s because it’s my role to try to get them up there and if it’s not the first team then its somewhere on loan, so it’s great that he’s up there. 

“Do I want him back? Not really, but if he does then it’s an opportunity to keep working on his game, he’s still got a lot to learn but not let some of the other boys here."

Transcription by Ahmed Delshad

(Photo: Ben Peters)

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