Charlton recorded a sensational 3-1 win over league leaders Luton Town at the weekend – their fourth consecutive victory – and thus extended their unbeaten streak to 11 games, with goals from Igor Vetokele and Lyle Taylor (2) bringing an end to the Hatters’ own excellent run.
Taylor’s brace took him to 21 goals in all competitions this season – a feat very few manage – but for Vetokele his strike and assist for his partner up front are an indicator that he is perhaps getting back to his best again after a difficult season plighted with injury.
The 27-year-old had this to say after a fantastic result:
“We have a chance (for automatic promotion) but we just have to focus on ourselves and try to win the remaining games and then we’ll see what happens.
“It gives us a massive boost and gives us confidence. It shows that we are capable of beating top teams and that’s what we’re going to have to do if we are going to get promotion.
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“It’s not really in our hands, so all we have to do is win every game that’s left and that will put pressure on the other teams.”
With four games to go and just three points separating the Addicks and second-placed Sunderland, the race for automatic promotion is on and if Charlton can keep up this kind of form then the Black Cats should be very worried indeed.
For most teams, winning your next four games seems like a big ask but, for a team on such a streak as the Valley outfit find themselves enjoying, it’s certainly possible if not likely. As Vetokele puts it, it’s all they have to do, with other results needing to go their way if they are to soar above the play-off places.