Washington: "It doesn't get much better"

Conor Washington was left delighted with his start to life in a Charlton shirt after bagging a debut goal in Saturday’s win at Crewe Alexandra.

The 28-year old scored the second in the Addicks’ 2-0 opening-day victory just before half-time and he said it was the perfect way to get off the mark.

“It’s great to start with a goal and three points,” explained Washington.

“It doesn’t get much better than that. It’s a tough away trip and they’re going to be on a high after getting promoted last year.

“The manager said after the game that it wasn’t the performance we wanted and we know our levels have got to be a lot better than that, but at the same time, we’ve got to take the positives – it’s three points away from home.”

The Northern Ireland international reserved praise for Deji Oshilaja for his assist. The defender muscled his way in front of two Crewe defenders to send a determined header towards his teammate, who duly finished with a volley that Washington admits he did not catch cleanly.

“I’ve got to give credit to Deji,” he said.

He managed to pick me out and even said my name before he headed it to me. I don’t think centre-halves get enough credit for stuff like that. It was a great header in. I’ve tried to get contact on it and sliced the life out of it but they go in!”

“I’ve had plenty where you catch it too sweet,” he continued.

“So I’m delighted to have scored and, most importantly, we got the three points. We build and go on to Tuesday [against West Ham United in the Carabao Cup] now.”

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