Jackson: "Great things can happen when you play for the shirt"

Johnnie Jackson is expecting his Charlton side to repeat their efforts from last weekend as they prepare to take on Doncaster Rovers at The Valley on Saturday.

The caretaker boss led the Addicks to a 1-0 victory at Sunderland and will take to the touchline in SE7 demanding nothing less than a repeat of those endeavours shown with the added incentive of the backing of a bumper Valley crowd.

“It can’t be a one-off,” said Jackson.

“If we can replicate what we did at the weekend, we’ll have a good chance of winning games. We’re back home now, in front of our own supporters with, hopefully, a bumper crowd there, so it’s a real opportunity now to show them what we’re really about and to put on a performance to give them something to get behind.

“That will be my focus. We need more of the same. They’ve set a standard there with that performance and that commitment that needs to be there every week.

"If you do that, the Valley faithful will get behind you, that’s without question. We need to give them something to support and they’ll be right behind us.

“I’ve tried to instil into them that great things can happen when you play for the shirt and you give it everything,” he continued.

“The first thing I said to them was to play for the shirt and give it everything you’ve got. Whether you’re playing well or not playing well, you’re always in control of that – that you can give it absolutely everything you’ve got. And when you’ve got 11 players doing that and three people coming off the bench doing that and everyone playing together, good things will follow.

“I know what can happen when they do that. I’ve never doubted the quality, but I think we just needed a bit of clarity with some of the messages.”

Meanwhile, Jackson is expecting a stern challenge from Doncaster, who head to London desperate to pull themselves out of the dropzone.

But the Charlton legend will be instructing his players to stamp their authority on the game in the early stages.

“The message would be exactly the same, whoever we’re playing,” he explained.

“Any team in this league is capable, Doncaster are a good team, they have good players, Richie Wellens likes his team to play good football. So, we know what they’re about, but it’s important that we try and stamp our authority on the game. It’s our home stadium in front of our home crowd, so we need to be on the front foot, get after them and give the supporters something to shout about.”

“I can’t wait, I’m really excited for the occasion,” Jackson added.

“But I’m excited about what this team can do if we get it right.

“For me, personally, to lead a Charlton team out at The Valley is a dream come true for me.

“Hopefully it’s a bumper crowd and there will be a feel-good factor but we need to capitalise on that and have it work in our favour. If we start right, that crowd will get right behind us, for sure.”

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