Washington: "I think the recruitment has been brilliant, they are the right type of characters, training has gone up a level"

Conor Washington scored the fourth and fifth goals of his Charlton career in the Addicks 3-2 win at home to Fleetwood Town on Tuesday and credited the team he has around him.

The striker went away for international duty with Northern Ireland in early October and came back to a new set of faces, with the Addicks winning six games in a row since then.

He said: “I went away for the international break and came back and felt we had what felt like 15 new players. Credit has got to go to the manager, [Director of Football] Steve [Gallen] and obviously the owner as well because the players I came back to were just crazy quality. 

“I think the recruitment has been brilliant, they are the right type of characters as well and training has gone up a level since they’ve all come in. 

“It’s early days but you look around the dressing room and see we are signing players like Chris Gunter and Ben Watson. It’s a group of players that have all the experience and have played at a higher level than the one we are at now and you need to utilise that. There are going to be sticky patches and we’ve got to have enough about us in the dressing room and pitch as well.”

Omar Bogle played a large part in Washington’s first goal on Tuesday and the 28-year-old praised his strike partner.

He said: “He’s done brilliant for the goal, I thought he was fantastic all night. I was really surprised when we were able to sign a player of that calibre, he’s a Championship striker, as I think all four of us [strikers] would like to think we are to be honest. It’s a great strike force and Boges is getting fitter and fitter every game, I think you can see that.”

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