Jackson previews Doncaster Rovers trip

Johnnie Jackson wants to see his side build on successive triumphs this weekend when Charlton take on Doncaster Rovers at the Eco-Power Stadium.

The Addicks have now kept three consecutive clean sheets at The Valley and Jackson is eager for his side to replicate that on the road as they target a first away win in five.

“It’s always nice to win games,” said Jackson. “We’ve got two clean sheets, back-to-back wins and six points in a week. From the run we had been on to pick those wins up, climb a few places and get a few smiles on faces is really pleasing.

“The away form hasn't been good enough - we know that. We need to start picking up more points and that starts with clean sheets. You give yourself a chance to win games and certainly not lose them if you keep those clean sheets. 

“We knew we weren't getting enough; it has been good in the last three home games that we have managed it, but obviously we need to build on that away from home. If we want to climb up the table, we can't just be the home form that is playing a part in that.”

Despite Doncaster’s league position, Jackson is expecting a stern test in South Yorkshire on Saturday.

“They are a team fighting for their lives,” said the gaffer. “We know that when we go up there, they are going to make it as difficult as they can. They are a team that is not in great form so they are going to try and play off a solid shape and be hard to beat before they do anything else. 

“We expect another tough game, they are not going to hand anything on a plate to us that's for sure. We are going to have to go up there and earn it. It will take time and patience.”

Meanwhile, the boss provided an update on Jake Forster-Caskey, Jason Pearce and Corey Blackett-Taylor.

“Jake has come through two U23 games,” Jackson confirmed. “He played 66 minutes on Tuesday and he’s not feeling any effects from that, so he has come through fine. 

“Pearcey trained today - he is back available after nursing a sore foot. Corey trained as well. 

“Everyone came through the weekend and the early part of the week unscathed,” he added. “Other than the longer-term guys, we have the same group of players to choose from.”

Jackson also provided an update on Ryan Inniss (thigh) and Chuks Aneke (calf), who have both been sidelined in recent weeks.

“I’m hoping that we see both of them before the end of the season,” he revealed. “They are both okay and stepping up their rehab, with some of that being pitch-based. 

“As long as they make the necessary steps over the next two or three weeks, we can integrate them within training. 

“I expect to see both of those guys in some way or the other before the end of the season.”

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