Jackson’s Wycombe verdict

Johnnie Jackson delivered his verdict after Sam Vokes’ first-half finish inflicted a first home league defeat of the manager’s tenure in SE7 on Saturday afternoon.

The Wycombe forward stabbed home from a matter of yards on 35 minutes after latching onto Garath McCleary’s low driven cross following a moment of individual quality from the Jamaican international.

“I’m disappointed that we lost the game,” Jackson told CharltonTV. “I don’t think it was a game that we should have lost. I don’t think there was a great deal in it but I thought for the majority of it we were in the ascendancy. Certainly in that second-half I thought we looked the most likely but obviously they have got a lead to cling to so it gives them that lifeline. 

“Obviously they had a threat on the counter-attack a couple of times,” he added. “But I pretty much felt it was one-way traffic for most of that second-half. It’s disappointing to lose the game; I’m not saying that we’ve necessarily done enough to win it but I think it was one of those games that you don’t lose, but we have done today.

“I thought we stood up to their threat for probably 95% of the game. They make you defend crosses, we managed to stop quite a lot of that but when it did come in I thought we defended our box pretty well for the most part of the game. 

“One bit of quality there towards the end of the first-half from [Garath] McCleary," continued the Charlton boss. "We spoke about his threats all week, we know what he’s about and he’s produced a little bit of quality there to get to the byline and deliver a cross and they’ve scored. It gives them something to cling onto. 

“I thought we created some decent situations, things that we work on, patterns of play, getting our wing-backs one v one, getting crosses into the box, getting Elliot Lee and [Alex] Gilbey on the ball high up and Conor Washington in that little channel that he likes to run into. We managed to do that but then in those little decisive moments it’s the quality of the cross, the shot.

"We haven’t tested the goalie enough. When crosses are coming in are we filling the box enough, are we being aggressive enough with our runs in there? So, that’s something I’ll have to look back on and see what we can do better there.”

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