Leko: "I just feel right at home here, the whole club, the fans, everyone is just welcoming"

It was a goal and assist for Jonathan Leko as the Addicks secured an important three points with a 2-1 win at Fleetwood Town on Saturday.

The 22-year-old forward was delighted with three points and was grateful to Craig MacGillivray who made a crucial stoppage-time save.

Speaking after the game to CharltonTV he said: “I was watching it and when Macca saved it, I was thinking ‘please don’t go in’ and it didn’t, I was so happy – happy to get the three points.

“I’m just happy that we won and get the three points, I’m happy to score as well but I’m mainly just happy that we won.”

Operating mostly from the right wing, the Birmingham City loanee had the better of an intense battle with Fleetwood’s left back, Danny Andrew, who himself netted in the game.

Leko told Scott Minto that he tries to attack when he gets the ball: “I try to take them on every time I get the ball and try to do the best for my team.”

It was in the 41st minute that his mentality paid off, giving the Addicks a deserved 1-0 lead.

Describing it on CharltonTV, he said: “I win it and I play Kirky [Charlie Kirk]. I thought he was going to play me, he didn’t and he chops back in and he then plays me, I came inside and I shoot. I think it just got a little knick on it but I don’t mind, I’ll take it.”

After a Fleetwood equaliser, Jayden Stockley put Charlton back in front getting on the end of Leko’s low cross from the right.

Leko said: “The assist, when I got it, I was just thinking to go down the line, beat him down the line and cross it but he kind of backed off, so I whizzed it in near post and Jayden finishes – what a finish that was!

“We do analysis before the game on the full backs but he [Andrew] had a yellow card, so I knew he was going to be backing off a little bit in the game because he had a yellow and if he brings me down it is a red, so I had license to get at him and cross the ball.”

Leko now has two goals and two assists in his six games since returning to Charlton. He said: “I just feel right at home here, the whole club, the fans, everyone is just welcoming. I really love it here, I love playing here. We just need to get some points on the board and carry on this run.”

The Addicks are back at The Valley on Tuesday when they take on Southampton U21s in the Papa John's Trophy. Click here to get your ticket.

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