Jackson targeting maximum points from last four games

Johnnie Jackson is targeting maximum points from the last four games of the season, starting with the Good Friday visit of Morecambe to The Valley.

As what has proven to be a tricky season for the Addicks begins to draw to its close, Charlton have picked up form in recent weeks with three wins and a draw from their last five outings and the Valley boss does not expect his players to let up, despite having little to play for.

"I told the players this morning, there are four games to go, can we get twelve points?" he explained.

"That is the aim, can we try and win every game? We are in a decent place, form wise we are playing well, we have bodies coming back and a decent squad to pick from. Every game we go into I expect and want us to win and finish the season strong. I'm not really focussed on what position we finish or who we finish above it is more on us and can we win every game we play.

“We have known that we are not going to get promoted or relegated for a few games now, we went to Wimbledon who are in a relegation fight and left everything out there on the pitch and fought for that point. We did the same against a team chasing promotion on Saturday, that is what pleased me the most about those two performances is that you couldn't tell the difference between the teams that are desperate for those points and the team that wasn’t.

"I want that to be the case with every game - that it is not apparent that we are not playing for promotion or relegation, I don’t want that to be a factor within the game. Your players also have self-motivation as well and should have the desire to play well and win every game, that should come from within, that is how we have approached every game and I don’t expect that to change at all."

Morecambe journey to SE7 in the midst of a fight for survival. Derek Adams' men sit just one place above the relegation zone on goal difference and Jackson knows the Shrimps will be scrapping for their lives.

“We won’t be taking them lightly at all," he said.

"They're another team that is fighting for their lives, they are going to bring that to The Valley, they are going to be scrapping for everything so we know that we have to match that and be in the game. 

"I expect my players to get on top and take the game to them because we are at home, that is how I like to play against whoever we do.

"We will respect them, they have the top scorer of the league in their team, they have got goals and [Cole] Stockton is a threat at any given time so we have to be wary of that. They are where they are and have conceded goals and lost games because they have vulnerabilities that we need to exploit. 

"We will respect the fact that they are fighting for their lives and it is important that we match that."

Meanwhile, Jackson provided an injury update as Chuks Aneke nears a return to action having been sidelined with a calf injury.

“Everyone has come through the game at the weekend fine, everyone has trained this week, Chuks included," he revealed.

"He's been back with the group, but he hasn’t had bundles of training so it is one we have to make a judgement call on later on and see whether he is involved or if he needs more training under his belt.

"Apart from Elliot Lee, who missed out at the weekend, and Scott Fraser, we are pretty much good to go.

“Jake Forster-Caskey is fine, he has been involved in all the training and has came through all the games he did play fine, it is just important with how long he has been out that we manage him carefully. You're not going to be out for that long and come back and play every minute of every game, it doesn’t work like that. We have to be careful with him but, yes, he is available for selection."

(Transcription by Alex Forrest)

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