Stockley: "I want to finish my career here"

Jayden Stockley has stated his desire to leave a permanent impression on the football club after scoring his 12th goal in 12 games during Tuesday night’s 2-0 win over Ipswich Town. 

The forward gave the Addicks the lead with 26 minutes played, converting after Conor Washington’s shot was parried into his path, and it proved to be the catalyst for victory. 

“It needed that goal just to spark the crowd into the game,” said Stockley. 

“Once we scored, I think we went up another level. It was just great to a part of it. You knew your mate would back you up in the press. We played some really nice stuff on the deck as well. 

“It’s such a joy to be a part of whoever plays. We’ve had competition for places since Jacko’s come in. Anyone who’s gone on the pitch has been absolutely incredible. 

“In terms of clear-cut chances, we had a lot. I know they had a little bit of possession in the second half, but those are the types of games where you need to take a little breather. You can’t go full out for 90 minutes. Our defence has been amazing. They’re probably coming into their best form of the season now as a unit, and us front lads have just got to keep putting our chances away.” 

Despite Charlton’s dominance, victory wasn’t secured until the 88th minute when Alex Gilbey broke through and converted past Christian Walton in the Ipswich goal to spark wild scenes of celebration. The Valley roared as the midfielder ran to celebrate with Johnnie Jackson on the touchline, with his teammates following. It was a special moment for Stockley. 

“I was chasing after Gilbs as he wheeled away, I thought he was going for the classic kneeslide and he ended up going towards the gaffer and it was just amazing. You want to be a part of that. It was just phenomenal to hear The Valley rocking like that in celebration. 

“For Gilbey to get the goal, too. He’s deserved that. He knows he probably should have scored a few more this season. Once you get him firing and scoring, you’re not going to be able to stop him.” 

And speaking about his own form, Stockley could not be in better shape. 

“I feel good, I feel confident whenever I go on the pitch. I was so gutted with that suspension because I’m playing my best football. I just want to score as many goals as I can for this football club and finish my career here. 

“I want to be able to look back at my career and see one-in-two, see impressive numbers. I’ve got to lay the foundations for it now, and I’ve got to get success. There’s no point scoring goals if you don’t get promoted. I’m desperate for that this season. We still think it’s achievable.”

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