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Jackson makes easy transition back into Addicks team
CHARLTON captain Johnnie Jackson praised the way his team-mates have welcomed him back into the side following his recent injury problems.
Saturday’s vital 1-0 success at Birmingham marked Jackson’s first start since September 21, an absence caused by a series of niggling problems, and the skipper played a key role in the build-up for Dale Stephens’ St Andrews winner.
The victory makes it five games unbeaten for the Addicks and Jackson admitted their recent good form made it easier for him return to the starting XI on a high.
He said: “Coming back into the side has been brilliant, as the confidence was high.
“It was important for me as captain to come back in and tell the lads to just keep doing what they’d been doing.
“I’d been watching everything from the sides, which is frustrating when the team is doing well as you want to be a part of it, so it was important for me personally we kept it going today.
“You don’t want to come back into a side that then loses, as you feel like you’ve upset how things have been going.
“But I slipped seamlessly back in and the lads made it easy for me.”
Jackson added: “I’m tired right now but it’s all worth it in the end, as we got the result.
“I was pleased I managed to keep going for 90 minutes until I was substituted in stoppage time.
“I’ve been working on my fitness as I’ve been out the side for quite a while, so it was important when I came back I was ready to play my part, which I thought I did.
“It was brilliant to be a part of a good away win.”
As well as being five games unbeaten, it is now more than seven hours since Chris Powell’s side conceded.
And Jackson accepts that is probably a blessing considering the shortage of goals at the other end of the pitch.
He said: “We’re feeling good about ourselves.
“People have spoken about the lack of goals but today we could’ve easily had three or four.
“We feel that is coming but if we win 1-0 every week, then we’ll take that too.
“Once you’ve got that solid defensive stability, it gives you something to build on.
“To go seven hours without conceding is fantastic and there’s not many sides who are going to do that, even at the top of the table.
“It gives us a great chance to put together a run of consistency, which is the key in this league.
“Back-to-back wins is our next target, so hopefully we can win at home next week and see where it takes us.”
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