Jacko's Addicks "ready to kick on"

Johnnie Jackson is looking for his side to kick on as they prepare to take on Burton Albion in a second home game in four days on Saturday.

The Addicks ended a run of seven games without tasting victory by beating Gillingham 1-0 at The Valley on Tuesday evening, and the gaffer expects his side to build on that as he hopes for a strong end to the campaign.

“It was a tight game up there [in the return fixture against Burton],” said Jackson.

 “It was fiercely contested and it will be exactly the same on Saturday, even though they have been on a tricky run they have been competitive in those games and got a win in their last one.

“It won’t be without its struggles but we are confident after Tuesday’s big monkey off our back, getting that first win and I think the nature of that performance was really encouraging so we need to build on that.

"Generally speaking the home form has been solid, we always enjoy playing there, play to win, try to attack and we’ll be doing exactly the same.

Tuesday’s win coincided with the return of both Conor Washington and Corey Blackett-Taylor to Jackson’s starting XI as the Addicks’ squad begins to recover after being ravaged by injury during that difficult run of results.

And the Addicks’ boss says it’s no coincidence that performances are beginning to improve.

“I think it is obvious that [Jayden] Stockley and Washington are a good partnership at this level, results when they play together have been good,” he explained.

“We haven't been able to get that enough, unfortunately, and Blackett-Taylor has missed a big chunk of football, Chuks Aneke is still missing who is someone who can come off the bench and really make an impact, as well as Ryan Inniss missing.

“Throughout my tenure, I feel like there has been key players missing at most stages really. It is nice that we are getting those guys back and it is no coincidence for me that there is an improvement in our performance, with a bit more of attacking intent and style when we have those guys available for us.

Meanwhile, Jackson provided an update on Akin Famewo, who has missed out recently through illness, and also gave some context behind the importance of postponing the trip to AFC Wimbledon during the upcoming international fixtures.

“Akin [Famewo] has resumed training,” said Jackson.

“He was quite ill and it has taken him a while to get over that. We are looking at him closely today and tomorrow. He is improving, but whether he will be available for the weekend is another matter.

“Pearcey [Jason Pearce] was struggling going into the game with a bit of a foot issue but obviously he came on the pitch and we patched him up in case we needed him - he should be okay.

“Conor is on standby [for Northern Ireland],” added Jackson.

“We have lost him for a lot of football already and he could still get called up. Gunts [Chris Gunter] has been called up and he has been involved recently as well.

“We are just getting lads back and it's great to have them back, but you must manage their return to play very carefully. We would have had four games back-to-back really close together if that Wimbledon game went ahead, so it allows us a little bit of breathing space and there is a better place for it further down the schedule. There are number of benefits there.”

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