Jackson looks ahead to final day

Johnnie Jackson is keen to sign off in the right manner as the Addicks finish their season with a trip to Ipswich Town on Saturday.

Charlton have finished the season in good form with six wins and a draw from their last nine outings, but will come up against a Tractor Boys side who will also end their campaign in mid-table, with both sides finishing far lower than was hoped from the 2021/22 season.

And as Jackson’s side signs off for the summer, he wants to finish with a win to continue some momentum.

“We want to continue a decent run of form,” he explained.

“We have had a strong finish winning six out of nine, we’ll be hoping to make that seven out of ten. It’s a tricky game, they haven’t been on a brilliant run but they have improved since Kieran [McKenna] has gone in there.

“They are a completely different outfit as far as style of play and the formation they have used to what they were before. It will be a different game compared to what it was at The Valley, different personnel.

“It will be a good game, a big club at this level, there will be a big crowd, I know we are also taking a big crowd, they have got nothing to lose as far as placing goes, should have the makings of a good game.”

As Jackson reflects on a challenging season, he admitted there was plenty of ups and downs, but that he has learned plenty of lessons from his first few months in management.

“I’m frustrated with a number of things,” he said.

“First and foremost, we haven’t finished where we wanted to finish, we wanted to be up and around the top two or top six, but it wasn't to be, so it’s frustrating in that regard.

“For me, personally, it will be the season I look back on as my first in management, there will be some fondness and good memories of some really good wins and some good play, there will be some lows as well such as that sticky period where we struggled to pick up points.

“In the long run, it will help. In summary, it has been an up and down season, frustrating as far as the club is concerned and certainly some frustrations myself, but also some really proud moments, to lead the team and a lot of lessons learnt.”

Meanwhile, Jackson provided an injury update going into final day.

“Elliot Lee has been involved in some training, we will make a decision on that,” he explained.

“Ben Purrington is likely to miss out and Scott Fraser likely to miss out as well.

“Corey Blackett-Taylor was out with an illness but he is fine now, he has trained all week.”

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