Charlton have moved up to fifth place in the League One table after summer signing Nicky Ajose scored twice in the side’s 2-1 victory over Walsall.
It was the second win for the Addicks in the 2016/17 season and they have now accumulated seven points from four games.
The home side had the better of the opening half but were unable to go ahead, thanks in part to a superb double save from goalkeeper Declan Rudd.
But Charlton found their rhythm and took the lead just three minutes before half time as Ajose netter from close range.
Walsall levelled on 72 minutes with a spectacular 20-yard effort from Kieron Morris but Charlton would not be denied their first away win of the season, with Josh Magennis serving up a sitter for Ajose.
Addicks manager Russell Slade said to the Charlton Athletic website: “We’re really, really pleased. This is never an easy place to come and get a positive result and, by the end of the game, I thought there were two tired sides out there.
“It is always tough – the fourth game in the first fortnight of a season. If I could have got five or six subs on today, I probably would have.
“Jacko was cramping up, so was Josh and that is the fatigue because the eleven have, by in large, played the majority of all of our games so far. They have got some mileage in over this last week.
“Getting in front away from home is important, that first goal is always crucial. It looked like that might be enough, but fair play to Walsall they kept coming.
“They got an equaliser and we had a great response to that. We’re all delighted with the win.”
Of Ajose’s performance he said: “Nicky is a predator in that six-yard box. If a defender misses the ball inside the box then you can be sure that Nicky Ajose will be there to tap it in. That’s how he plays and gets his goals.
“The combinations and link-up plays have been good, considering they’ve only played two games together. Josh did so well for the second goal; strong, turned his man and put in a great ball for Nicky.”
The weekend victory makes it two wins from two for the Addicks, following Tuesday night’s success against Shrewsbury Town, and the boss insists that his squad want to keep getting better.
He said: “We’re still improving and there is still so much more to do. I think there is more to come from this team, for sure, but we are trying and working really hard to try and climb the league and be successful.”
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