Johnnie Jackson is confident that Charlton Athletic can still be promotion challengers this season.
The Addicks are 21st in the League One table but picked up their second win of the campaign last weekend, a 2-1 success at Fleetwood Town.
“It’s not going to be easy, because we have given ourselves a bit of a hill to climb,” said Charlton assistant manager Jackson, inset.
“It’s probably the toughest League One I can remember – the amount of good sides and the competitive nature of it. We’ve got enough good players and spirit about us that we can start winning games of football.
“We all know we’ve under-performed as a football club. We all want to put it right. I see the players every day and I have conversations with them, I genuinely think they believe that we can turn it around and go on a run.
“You saw a few shoots of that last Saturday. The performance was improved, obviously it can still be a lot better. We looked more solid defensively and I feel like we’re always going to score a goal.
“Getting that victory felt like a big lift. We’ve got to use that as platform it can’t just be a one-off. We can’t just go on another drawing or losing run because then the gap will be too far. At the moment it is not insurmountable.
“If you win four out of five or five out of six, you find yourself pretty quickly climbing that table and closing the gap.
“We’ve just got to make sure it doesn’t get any bigger than what it is now. Hopefully you can just start clawing it away.”
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