Jackson: "A point on the road is never terrible, we have to back it up with a home win next week"

After seeing a stoppage-time equaliser ruled out on Wednesday, Johnnie Jackson explained he looked straight at the referee’s assistant after the Addicks’ late leveller at Cheltenham.

Chuks Aneke scored in the fifth minute of stoppage time, on his second debut, to earn the Addicks a point.

Speaking to CharltonTV after the game Jackson said: “I checked the linesman because I jumped for joy on Wednesday night and then turned around and saw the linesman’s flag up – I won’t be making that mistake again. It was a muted celebration but that doesn’t tell the story of how I felt inside, believe me.

“I think football is a mad game because we haven’t been getting what we deserved out of the last few games. I look back at the Wycombe game, we lost 1-0 at home when I thought we were the dominant team and had the better chances. For the first half at Crewe we were completely dominant and should have had a couple of goals and then we should have had a goal at the end and it got chalked off. Then today, I don’t think we really deserved to get anything out of the game and we got an equaliser in the last minute. 

“I don’t think it was a good performance from us. It was unlike us, I don’t think we implemented our style on the other team which even in defeat I think we have done most games and we’ve lost. Today, we didn’t do that. A point on the road is never terrible, we want three, we got one, we have to back it up with a home win next week.”

Aneke re-joined the Addicks for an undisclosed fee and made an immediate impact with the late goal.

Jackson said: “That’s why we brought the big man in. Credit to Albie Morgan for his delivery. Albie has been out of the team and come back in and put some good deliveries in today, one that’s led to the goal. Inniss’ [who headed down to set up the goal] prowess, his threat when he is in the team that he gives you that side of it. He nearly scored in the first half. The big man [Aneke] there likes scoring goals, he’s sniffed one out there. It won’t be the most spectacular goal he’s scored. I’m pleased for him.” 

The Addicks are back at The Valley next Saturday when Charlton host Fleetwood Town. 

“I’m pleased for the lads,” Jackson said, “they deserve it, not necessarily on the level of performance but the graft that they’ve been putting in of late. It might be a bit of luck, when you go through a bad spell and aren’t picking up points you just need something to go for you, something to turn it. We’ve got a clear week, a great opportunity for us to get some good work in on the training pitch. Our home form is strong, so we’re looking forward to that game next Saturday.” 

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