Jackson looks ahead to final home clash with Shrewsbury

Johnnie Jackson is keen to sign off from The Valley in positive fashion as he looks to send the fans home happy for the last time in 2021/22 on Saturday. 

The Addicks host Shrewsbury Town in what is the last home fixture of what has been a disappointing campaign and the Charlton boss reserved praise for the part played by fans this term.  

“I want to thank everyone for their support throughout the season,” said Jackson. 

“Obviously, it’s not gone as we’ve wanted, but that’s certainly through no lack of effort from the supporters. The way they’ve followed us both at home in their numbers and up and down the country as well. Some of the journeys that they’ve had to make, the numbers that they’ve come in and the support that they’ve brought – we haven’t always sent them away happy, yet they always turn up week in, week out to support us.

"I want to thank them for that, it really does help and, obviously, next season we want to give them more to shout about.”

He added: “It’s our last home game so we want to put in a good performance, score some goals and give the supporters something to shout about."

Speaking of Saturday’s opponents, Jackson expects a tough challenge from Steve Cotterill’s men. 

“Looking back at the game at their place, we were disappointed to lose it,” he explained. 

“We certainly felt we were in the ascendency and should have won or at least got a draw, but had that late sucker punch which was tough to take, so we want to put that right. 

“It’ll be a tough game against a team in decent form. They’ve got some good players who carry threats across the pitch, so we’ll need to be at it and get right up against them.”

Meanwhile, Jackson gave an injury update ahead of the game and explained that he will be without three key men in SE7. 

“We won’t see Elliot Lee, Scott Fraser or Ben Purrington on Saturday. They won’t make the weekend, but, hopefully, we could see them play some part in the final game.”

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(Transcription by Gregg Baxter)

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