Jackson: "A frustrating game"

Johnnie Jackson was left frustrated after his side suffered a 3-2 reverse against Morecambe at The Valley on Good Friday.

The division’s top scorer Cole Stockton fired the visitors ahead on 26 minutes before Arthur Gnahoua doubled their advantage moments before the interval.

Charlton struck back through Jayden Stockley early in the second period, only for Gnahoua to restore the Shrimps’ two-goal advantage just six minutes later.

Chuks Aneke’s 81st-minute header set up a gripping finish in SE7, though Derek Adams’ side held firm to frustrate the Addicks.

“It was a frustrating game,” Jackson told CharltonTV post-match. “It was an end-to-end game with lots of chances - too many for the opposition for my liking. We’ve created a fair bit as well, especially in the second-half, but obviously we weren’t able to take as many as them. I thought they were pretty clinical in the moments when they did get those opportunities.

“I’m disappointed with the goals,” the boss added. “I think they were avoidable. Obviously, the third goal was really disappointing because we got ourselves back in the game at 2-1 and I thought we were really in the ascendancy. We pretty much gave them that goal and it deflated us again a little bit. It took us a while to get going again, which we did and we rallied but the nature of the goals and obviously the timing of them were not ideal.”

Jackson reserved particular praise for Corey Blackett-Taylor, who was a live wire throughout and registered an assist for Chuks Aneke as the forward marked his first appearance in over two months with a goal.

“It was a good goal from Chuks,” said Jackson. “I thought Corey was outstanding in that second period there. He’s a real threat, we know that. With his pace they doubled up on him at times, but it’s still very difficult for them to stop him. He set Chuks up nicely there. 

“Obviously, it’s good to have the big man back. We know what sort of an impact he can make, especially from the bench, so it’s important that he stays fit now to give us that option.”

Looking ahead to the midweek trip to Cambridge United, Jackson said: “We’ve got a good game on Tuesday night to try and get a reaction and we’ll see what the players are made of.”

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