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Charlton boss Nathan Jones talks about his disappointment from 1-1 draw at Exeter City

Charlton boss Nathan Jones admits he was disappointed to miss out on maximum points during the 1-1 draw at Exeter City.

The Addicks fell behind early on as former Charlton man Ben Purrington headed the Grecians into the lead.

They had to wait until four minutes from time to salvage a point as substitute Chuks Aneke’s header was turned into his own net by Cheick Diabate.

The South Londoners nearly won it in added-time but League One’s top scorer Alfie May was unable to add another to his tally – hitting the post despite rounding home stopper Vil Sinisalo.

The result means Charlton are unbeaten in nine and are seven points above the relegation zone with six games left to play.

Jones said: “I’m disappointed really. If we had started the game better, been a little bit more front-footed and cleared our lines a little bit and taken the game to them in the first 10 minutes then we wouldn’t have drawn the game.

“We were good first-half. We created enough chances, moved the ball well enough. But you’re 1-0 behind – so it puts a different spin on stuff. Second-half we came out and we really went after it in the first six or seven minutes. Then the game evened out a bit. It wasn’t until we made the changes that we looked like we were going to score and then we did.

“We looked like we were going to score all afternoon without doing that. We finally get the goal and continue to go for it. I didn’t sit back and say we were happy with that. We should have won it at the end. But it’s another game unbeaten and we keep going.

“I didn’t feel we dominated the game enough. I know what type of team (Exeter) are. We were looking forward to coming here. They tried to make it difficult, but we had more possession, more shots, more shots on target and that’s for an away side. I’m reasonably happy but the overriding feeling is I’m disappointed as when we come here, I want to win this game.

“If we’d have been at it today, we’d have won the game. I don’t want to be disrespectful, but I felt if we were at it today, we’d have won the game.

“[May] has apologised but it’s part and parcel. It would have been lovely if he scored, and we went away with three points and in a really good position with three home games to come. We’re looking forward to the home games coming, we’ve just got to make sure we pick up good points from them.”


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