Jackson: "Conor’s playing out of this world at the minute"

Johnnie Jackson heaped praise onto Conor Washington after the Northern Ireland international’s brace secured Charlton maximum points against Cambridge United at The Valley.

First, Washington swivelled superbly to fire past former Addick Dimitar Mitov before sealing the victory two minutes from time with a cool finish, making it six goals in his last seven league outings for the forward.

“I’m really pleased with the win,” Jackson told CharltonTV. “It was a bit scrappy, not as pretty as I would like, probably not as pretty as Tuesday night but the outcome is the same - a win’s a win. A 2-0 win with a clean sheet so I’m really pleased.

“Conor’s playing out of this world at the minute,” he beamed. “Him and Jayden have got a bit of a formidable partnership going on. I was really pleased that he got some goals tonight because I thought his performance in midweek was outstanding. Obviously he didn’t get the goals that night, but he’s amongst them today and he really deserves them. He’s tireless with his work and his running and obviously he’s put the finishes together so it’s all come together.”

Craig MacGillivray once again starred with a series of smart saves to help the Addicks to a fourth league clean sheet in six, much to Jackson's delight.

“I’ve just said to the lads in there, ‘you’ve got your keeper to thank because they’re big moments in the game at 1-0’,” revealed Jackson. “They had two real good chances where he’s made some excellent saves. He hasn’t had loads to do in the last two games but that’s what good goalies do in those big moments, they’re ready and they come up trumps.”

“I think Cambridge have got a lot of quality at the top end of the pitch, for sure,” he added. “They did cause us problems. Obviously they scored five in midweek so we were well aware of their threats. So, to have a shutout, albeit your goalie has to get you out of a little bit of bother but that’s what he’s there for. To get a clean sheet again is really pleasing.”

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