BY LOUIS MENDEZ
It was far from a vintage display, but Jonny Williams was pleased that Charlton still took a maximum return from their home game with Bradford City.
Lyle Taylor’s first-half strike was enough to see off the basement Bantams who, despite their position glued to the bottom of the League One table, made it difficult for the South Londoners to get into their stride throughout the game.
“At this stage of the season, the main important thing is to get three points,” explained Williams, who made his return from two games out with a minor hamstring injury to start on Saturday.
“As players we all know we can play better than that. It’s the first time since I’ve been here that I’ve played a team that proper sat in. It is difficult at times, no matter who you are playing against. They made it tough for us at times. There were chances for them on the counter attack.
“They’ve got some good players. They’ve had a tough season. We knew where they are at the start of the game but we knew it wasn’t going to be easy. We do believe in ourselves as players and we know we can perform at a better level than that. The manager knows that himself. He’ll keep driving us on to put in better performances but at the end of the day it’s a clean sheet and it’s another win. We are chasing those top two spots.”
Saturday’s triumph opened up a massive twelve-point gap for the Addicks over seventh-placed Peterborough with just seven League One games left to go as they look dead certs for a play-off place.
Williams isn’t ruling a late dash for the top two out, but says either way his side must end the campaign in good form.
“We’ve got some games and we’re looking at winning as many of them as we can,” he said.
“Play-offs are creeping up on us and we want to go into the play-offs feeling positive. We’re looking forward to the remaining games and picking up as many points as we can.
“At one point seventh spot was very close to us and we were looking behind us but now we’ve had a few good results and we can start looking up again and go into the play-offs with a positive feel.”