Washington: "Scoring the first goal was important"

Conor Washington was pleased to be back on the scoresheet as he bagged his 10th goal of the season for club and country in Monday evening’s 2-1 victory over Portsmouth.

The Northern Ireland international was on hand to turn in the opener just after the half-hour mark at Fratton Park after Chuks Aneke’s header had been well saved by Gavin Bazunu and Washington felt that it was a full-deserved three points to make it back-to-back league wins.

“It was nice to be in there and to be scoring those types of goals, I don’t score enough of those,” he told Sky Sports immediately following full-time.

“It’s nice to have Chuks [Aneke] back in the team, we create chances just from having him in there - he was excellent. It was nice to score, but even nicer to get the win.

“It was a good performance all round, we probably didn’t see the game out as well as we might have wanted to, but it’s a tough place to come and they’re always going to give it their all in the last 10 with us having the lead.

“The fans were absolutely brilliant and they deserve it.”

The victory was the Addicks’ first on the road in the league since November and Washington cited the opening goal as an important factor in heading back to London with the points.

“Scoring the first goal is really important, especially when you come to places like this,” he explained. 

“You don’t want to go 1-0 down here, so that was really important.

“We probably don’t do that enough and we’ve been wasteful away from home, so it was nice to get the first goal and it was an even better performance to see it out here.”

Washington added: “The manager alluded to it before the game, but we need to start reeling in teams like Portsmouth who are above us. We’ve got some really important games coming up now, Bolton, Wigan, Wimbledon as well, we just need to get points together and see where it can take us.”

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