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13-Mar 05:28, by Ketts

Last week's goalscorers could not be more different characters.

Charlton took four points‎ from their two games at The Valley last week, with Johnnie Jackson and Tony Watt scoring the three goals that won the points.

Jackson scored one of his trademark strikes to give the Addicks the lead against Scunthorpe on Tuesday.‎

Arriving late in the box for a corner, he smashed a right foot shot‎ into the back of the net in the first-half.

When Kevin van Veen levelled things up 15 minites from time, many fans were lamenting the failure to hold on to a lead and dropping another two points.‎

Indeed, Scunthorpe looked the more likely to go on and win the game, but their was a dramatic late twist.‎

Charlton were awarded a stoppage time penalty after Jorge Teixeira was pushed over. Up stepped substitute, Tony Watt, to ‎convert the spot-kick and win the Addicks three valuable points.

Watt was the lone striker against Walsall, with Jackson one of the substitutes. The Saddlers took the lead in a scrappy game, but the enigmatic Scot fired through a ruck of players to equalise after the interval.‎

Jackson and Watt could not be more different characters. The skipper is a model pro, a role model for young players to look up to, whilst Watt had the reputation of being hard to handle and a disruptive influence.

Jackson is n the twilight of his career, but Watt's best years should be ahead of him.‎

Despite his undoubted talent‎, Watt has had lengthy loan spells at Cardiff, Blackburn and Hearts since joining the club in 2015.

A deal was agreed for him to join Cardiff permanently, but it fell through when‎ the Bluebirds were hit with a transfer embargo. A proposed move to Blackburn also fell through.

‎Manager, Karl Robinson, cites Jackson as being a major influence on Watt since his return from Scotland, and said this after Saturday's game:

"I want to put it down to great captaincy by Johnnie Jackson. Itís not about me with Tony, itís about him scoring goals for Charlton Athletic, thatís the most important aspect of it, heís a unique character, I like him though.†

"He (Jackson) is a good friend, a good captain, heís strong with him, fair. Heís my eyes and ears. Jacko is a person that drives them on, heís a support mechanism for Tony. Heís got really good captaincy skills.†

"To be fair to Tony Watt heís scoring goals. You canít ask any more.

ďTonyís a special talent but itís not just about the talent you possess, itís about the unified group that goes out on the pitch, heís certainly adding to that at the moment.†

"When he adds to that, with the support of his talent, heís going to be a threat.Ē‎

With nine games to go and a few points still needed to ensure safety, the duo still have significant parts to play this season.

 

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