Ben Reeves hopes that Charlton have turned a corner, as successive league wins catapult the Addicks back into the top six in League One.
1-0 triumphs at home to Oldham Athletic and away at Bury, which came after eight games without a win in the league, have renewed hope that the South Londoners will be challenging for promotion at the end of this campaign.
Midfielder Reeves hopes that Karl Robinson’s men will now embark on a run of unbeaten games to cement their place in the higher reaches of the table.
“I think we have [turned the corner] but we need to make sure it’s not a one-off or two games,” he explained.
“We need to get a run going now, like Blackburn did earlier in the season – we need to do the same. It’s good that we’re back in the play-offs but we don’t want to be just in the play-offs, we want to be right up there. We kick on again now.
“Last week probably wasn’t the best performance but we still ground out a win. Today we saw a better performance and a win. You can only build on that and hopefully we can.
“It’s important for us to make sure we concentrate on what goes on on the pitch on a Saturday. It’s a great feeling to be back to winning ways.
“I was disappointed in myself in the last home game in the league. I was nowhere near my normal standard and rightly so I didn’t play in the next game. It’s given me a wakeup call. I thought I was back to it today. Hopefully it can stay that way and that’s the minimum today again.”
Mark Marshall’s first league goal in Charlton colours midway through the second-period secured all three points over Bury at Gigg Lane on Saturday – despite the fact that the Addicks were so depleted by injuries and player sales that they could only name five of a possible seven substitutes.
“I thought it was a good performance from the boys,” reckoned Reeves.
“If you were to look at the team, you wouldn’t know that one or two were filling in or weren’t regulars. It was a good performance from all the boys I thought
“Especially after that win, it shows what we can do. A tough place to come, away from home as well. Great character from the boys and good performance. It just shows that we’re all concentrating on what goes on, on the pitch. We’ve got a few Saturday-Saturday’s now so it gives us more time to think about the performance on the weekend and hopefully we can just improve on the win today.”
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