Charlton Athletic’s Nick Pope has said he wants a repeat performance of the game against Middlesbrough for the upcoming match against Sheffield Wednesday.
The Addicks caused a shock when last Sunday they beat promotion-chasing Middlesbrough 2-0. While the Teesside club were facing a crisis after it was announced Aitor Karanka wouldn’t take to the touchline for the game, it was still a very impressive performance from a team fighting to stay in the Championship.
And now Charlton will face another promotion chaser when they face Sheffield Wednesday this weekend at Hillsborough. They have already beaten the Owls once this season when they ended their unbeaten run back at The Valley in November. But they will be a different proposition at home, having only lost twice in South Yorkshire all season, though one of those losses was against their rivals Rotherham United.
Talking ahead of that game, Pope told the South London Press: “We exploited the situation going on at Boro,”
“Seemingly there were some troubles – it gave us a boost. We used it to our advantage.
“We need all the points we can get and we felt the last thing Middlesbrough wanted after losing on the Tuesday away to Rotherham was another away one against a side lower in the league, on Sky.”
“If we hadn’t got seven points out of nine we’d be in deep, deep trouble – we’re already in trouble at the moment. A result against a top team gives us great hope going into the remaining games. We’re looking to get enough points to get over the line.”
“People will write us off and not rate our chances but the ability and talent is there in the team. As you saw on Sunday – we scored two goals and kept a clean sheet against a very good team in the league, a team who have spent a lot of money on great players.”
“If we can do it against Middlesbrough, we can do it against anyone. It’s up to us to continue the kind of run we’re on for as long as we can.”