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‘I’m connecting too cleanly with my headers!’ – Jayden Stockley pleased to open goal account this season for Charlton Athletic

Jayden Stockley was pleased to get on the goal trail for Charlton Athletic on Tuesday night – and reckons he has been getting too clean a contact on some of his recent headed chances.

The Addicks captain scored from the spot in Tuesday’s 5-1 victory over Plymouth Argyle.

But Stockley also had a number of aerial opportunities in the game, with one of those parried into the path of Jesurun Rak-Sakyi for an early opener.

The experienced striker made it 2-0 after Charlie Kirk’s shot was blocked by the arm of Argyle defender James Wilson, who was shown a straight red card.

“It was nice to kick off for the season,” Stockley told Charlton TV. “Unfortunately at the moment I keep heading it at the goalie. I just want to shank a header into the bottom corner. I keep connecting with it too well at the moment.”

The centre-forward was delighted at the display in midweek as the Addicks dismantled a Plymouth side who had made a strong start to the campaign.

“It’s not often you get the full performance like that,” he said. “With our intensity we deserved that slice of luck, getting the penalty and the sending off. We wanted to put 90 minutes together for the fans and for us, confidence-wise. We’ve been doing it 45, 60, first half, second half. That was a collective group putting in a shift for 90 minutes.

“It was disappointing to lose at Sheffield Wednesday, we deserved more. We could easily have felt sorry for ourselves but in the warm up I could sense it being a good night.

“I think you’re going to see from our play this season that goals-wise it is going to be a lot more shared out. The gaffer is demanding more from the midfielders, wing-backs to all get involved with goals for the team.”

PICTURE: PAUL EDWARDS

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