Jackson: "Nothing changes, compete first and foremost and then hopefully our quality tells"

Johnnie Jackson is pleased with his side’s preparations for Saturday’s league game against Burton Albion.

The Addicks’ Caretaker Manager has taken seven points from his first three league games in charge and is looking forward to getting back to League One action after a break for back-to-back cup games.

He said: “We’re in a good place, we’re in a good run of form. It’s a game I’m really looking forward to, I feel we can go there and win for sure but we know that they come with their dangers and threats. 

“We lost there last year, which is still quite fresh in my mind, the nature of that defeat. We’ll have to put that one right. I know we have to turn up right because they are a difficult side to play against, they can play a few different ways, a few different formations. 

“They are a difficult side to prepare for but what I do know is they’ll compete and make it difficult, so we have to turn up and be ready for that side of it first and foremost. Then I believe we’ve got the quality to hurt them, like we have any team. Nothing changes, same as we have been, compete with them first and foremost and then hopefully our quality tells.

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“We should be approaching every game in a positive way, thinking that we can win and I certainly feel that way. I know the players do, the players are in a great place. There is a feel-good factor around the place, the supporters have been unbelievable since I took charge. 

“The boys have been fantastic in the games and also the training, there is a real bounce about them and I’m really pleased with where we are as a group. I can’t rest, that has to be us going forward and if we maintain that, then we will start looking up and closing the gap with the teams above us and climbing away from teams below us. “

Jackson revealed that Harry Arter would be available for selection and updated on other players who have missed time recently due to injury.

He said: “[Jonathan] Leko and Adam Matthews, the game probably comes a bit too soon for them. Pape [Souare] we’re just assessing, he came off towards the end of the game on Tuesday night just feeling his hamstring a little bit, nothing too serious. He didn’t train today, we’ll reassess it tomorrow with a view to ‘can he be involved at the weekend?’, that’s a late call we’ll have to make.”

The Addicks will also be without Chris Gunter and Conor Washington who are on international duty. The pair have impressed since Jackson took charge and he said: “It’s an opportunity for someone else, we have to look at it, do we tweak the system? Do we look at what we are doing with someone coming in? I have to decide now whether I juggle the pack, whether I stick to what we’ve been doing, which has been working really well and use different personnel in those positions, that’s what I’ve got to decide now.”

Jackson was asked about conversations he’s been having with Owner Thomas Sandgaard.

“We’re in regular dialogue about how it is going,” he explained, “The training, the upcoming games, my thoughts on team selection and what I’m working on in training but it hasn’t advanced any further than that at the minute.”

The Addicks are back in action at The Valley on November 20th for the visit of Plymouth Argyle. Supporters can purchase their tickets here.

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