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Jones: “We’re hoping for another strong showing.”

Nathan Jones hopes his squad will play well again on Saturday when they play Cambridge United.

The undefeated Charlton team, who have played in 12 straight games, will visit the Cledara Abbey Stadium after a midweek 2-2 draw in The Valley against Wigan Athletic.

“We’ll prepare our team for a tough test away at Cambridge. That’s all we’re worried about,” the manager said. “Going to Cambridge is never simple. They have a new management, and while it might have taken some time to execute some things, they are now demonstrating their ability to produce outcomes.

“I saw the games that Barnsley and Wigan won, as well as the one that Blackpool just lost. It indicates that Garry is working as excellent work there, since he is learning something from them.

This Saturday, the Addicks will have the support of yet another sold-out road crowd, which Jones emphasized as crucial to his team’s recent strong surge.

“I think our fans will have a great time at the game; Cambridge is a great destination for travel.” A some of the trips they’ve had to take… This Saturday in April will be, I would assume, a little more pleasant affair than Cheltenham on a Tuesday night, Derby on a Tuesday night, and all the way up to Bolton, Fleetwood on a windy, awful day.

We’re going to fill the away end behind the goal, so I’m happy to see them showing up in large numbers once more. We’re hoping for another strong showing and a successful outcome, and I have many happy memories of managing against Cambridge. We want people to contribute in that way, but we also want to provide them something they can truly support.

The gaffer provided an update on Rarmani Edmonds-Green, who was absent from his matchday 18 in midweek. He said: “To be fair to him he’s been playing through a slight stiffness in his Achilles that’s curtailed stuff. I pick a team and I pick a bench that we believe can win us a game. There’s a big squad here now so there’s a lot of tough decisions I have to make, not so much for the team but actually the bench.”

Asked if he is considering experimenting with his squad in the remaining games, Jones explained: “We want to finish the season strong so it’s not about experimenting; it’s about making sure we pick teams that are respectful to everyone else.

“I’ve actually been told it’s mathematical because of the permutations and teams playing each other and everything,” he said. “That won’t alter the participants’ strategy, and if it does, it will be promptly eliminated. People are, first and foremost, playing for something. Wycombe will want to finish as high as possible, and so will Cambridge, Shrewsbury, and ourselves. We all still have something to play for.

“That will be the fundamental thing for us, because we want to finish as strong as we can and demonstrate that we can finish much higher than where we started [when I came in] for the league’s credibility.”

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