BY LOUIS MENDEZ
Johnnie Jackson heaped praise on Gateshead after the non-leaguers gave Charlton a real test in their FA Cup second round tie.
Jayden Stockley’s brace means it is the Addicks who will be in the draw for round three. But the Heed, who ply their trade in the National League North, spurned numerous chances as they caused their opponents problems throughout.
The hosts are fifth in their division and could go top if they were to win their three games in hand. Jackson hopes that they can play their way to promotion.
Jackson said: “I wasn’t [surprised by Gateshead’s style of play] because I’d watched them. I’d done my homework and knew what they were about.
“It’s really impressive the way Mike [Williamson] has got them playing. I said that to him at the end there. It’s credit to him and his coaching staff and their players. Their supporters got right behind them. They’re doing a lot of things right and I’m pleased that they’re doing well in the league and playing that type of style. I hope they get promoted.
“It’s a lose-lose situation because we’re expected to win. You’re very rarely going to come here and blow them away out of sight because of the nature of the game – Friday night under the lights and they’re a good side. They’ve got some good players, they play the right way. I was really impressed with how they try to play football. They had a few chances to score.”
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