Jackson: "A professional performance"

Johnnie Jackson praised his side's professionalism after the Addicks recorded successive victories with a 2-0 triumph over Burton Albion at The Valley on Saturday.

Conor Washington opened the scoring on 12 minutes with an outstanding first-time finish before Corey Blackett-Taylor doubled Charlton’s lead three minutes before half-time.

“It was a professional performance,” Jackson told CharltonTV. “I don’t think we were at our best but we got two goals and we saw the game out comfortably. I didn’t feel particularly threatened at any stage. 

“I would have liked to have scored more and perhaps played a bit better football, but the conditions were a little bit tough. It was a swirly wind, the pitch was a bit dry and so you have to play those conditions and I thought we did that well.

“It’s really pleasing to keep back-to-back clean sheets. We spoke a lot during that poor run where we were conceding too many goals and we needed to get back to clean sheets. That’s the bedrock of any good run of form.

"If you’re keeping clean sheets, you’re not going to lose games and you’re going to win most of them. I know now with the guys coming back that we’re going to score goals in games.”

Goalkeeper Craig MacGillivray claimed his second assist of the season with a pinpoint ball forward for Washington’s opener, while Blackett-Taylor bagged his first league goal for the club.

“It was brilliant from the goalkeeper to spot the space in behind for Conor and that’s something that we speak about a lot with Conor: his movement,” explained the boss. “He’s someone who wants to play on the shoulder, run in behind and we need to provide that ammunition for him. If you do that, he will score goals. 

“Blackett-Taylor, when he gets the ball in and around those positions he’s got the ability to go both ways, to keep the defenders guessing and obviously they weren’t sure whether he was going to go outside or come inside. He shifted it onto his right and got his shot away, it found the bottom corner and we’ll take it.”

Reflecting on this week’s work, Jackson said: “The players have stepped up. After the Accrington game we spoke quite honestly and openly and said, ‘what are you bringing to the party in the remaining games that there are this season? As a player and as an individual, what are you bringing to the party?’ The players have to show that now and they’ve all done that to a man in the last two games.”

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