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Charlton midfielder Alex Gilbey: We’ll go about our business quietly and see what happens


Charlton midfielder Alex Gilbey says the Addicks will go about their business quietly and hope to sneak into the top six.

The South Londoners have won each of their last three League One encounters and are unbeaten in four but are still 13 points shy of the play-off places.

There’s still 51 points up for grabs in Charlton’s final 17 games this season, starting with Tuesday’s trip to Bolton Wanderers. The Trotters won 4-1 at The Valley earlier on in the campaign while the Addicks were still struggling under Nigel Adkins.

“I feel like we can go about it silently,” said Gilbey, when asked if he still thought a top six finish was achievable.

“We can take care of business, go to Bolton and try and win there. Then we’ve got Wigan coming up. Two tough games but if we can take care of business and we’re the quiet one in the pack, hunting down, who knows what can happen?

Gilbey in action during Charlton’s 3-2 win over AFC Wimbledon. Kyle Andrews

“They’re a really good side, Bolton. We’ve got to go there and be a lot better than we were [against AFC Wimbledon]. But we owe them one for what they did here a few months ago. We all know that, so we’re going there and trying to get three points off them.”

Saturday’s 3-2 triumph over the Dons wasn’t straightforward as the Addicks had to come from behind before then responding once more when the visitors drew the game level at 2-2 before half-time. Diallang Jaiyesimi’s through ball to Conor Washington for Charlton’s second goal of the afternoon was a particular highlight.

“[Jaiyesimi] has already been speaking about it in the changing room for half an hour,” joked Gilbey.

“An outstanding pass. DJ’s got that – he’s a really talented player. Fair play to him and another good finish from Conor.

“It was good to get the three points. We started really slow. We were really poor first half. But we luckily got the three points and we can move on to Tuesday. I don’t think we were anywhere near our standards that we set ourselves. If you perform not to your standards and win, it’s a good sign. It’s a good three points and we can move on.”


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