Jackson: "We deserved the win"

Johnnie Jackson felt his side fully merited all three points at the Abbey Stadium on Tuesday night as the Addicks ran out 2-0 victors.

With 73 minutes played, Corey Blackett-Taylor’s deflected effort set Charlton on their way before Conor Washington got a slight touch on Chuks Aneke’s goalbound strike to seal the deal in Cambridgeshire.

“I thought it was a good, solid away performance,” Jackson told CharltonTV post-match. “We were really professional and I thought we deserved the win. It wasn’t scintillating and we weren’t at our best, but we certainly created the better chances and had more momentum in the game. 

“I felt like our goal was coming when it did. Obviously, they were two scrappy goals but sometimes that’s nice. Sometimes I feel like you’ve got to score the perfect goal and tonight we’ve got two scrappy ones, but from real attacking intent with our play. 

“Corey [Blackett-Taylor] was a menace all night again,” the boss added. “He really got at their full-back and got his goal or own goal - whatever you want to call it - that way. Bringing Chuks [Aneke] on and taking on a shot from the edge of the box, which I don’t think we do enough of, and then it gets a little nick off his mate and goes in. I’m really pleased for everyone because the lads put a real shift in.”

The gaffer went on to laud the ever-threatening Corey Blackett-Taylor, who once again proved to be a thorn in the opposition’s side. 

“Corey has gone from an impact bench player that has no history of really playing beyond an hour, or certainly no history of 90 minutes, and he’s looking strong,” Jackson said. 

“In the last weeks and months he’s been outstanding. His game has really, really improved. He’s growing into that wing-back position now, he’s finding much better positions to receive the ball and defensively he’s putting a shift in. 

“He’s finding ways to get on the ball much better now than when he first started playing there, so that’s credit to him and the work that he’s done with my staff to improve that side of his game. And then he’s obviously got that unbelievably raw pace and the ability to go both ways that’s obviously a menace against anyone that you’re playing against.” 

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