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Addicks ready for crucial home games

Charlton boss Phil Parkinson
Charlton boss Phil Parkinson

Charlton v Doncaster

Manager Phil Parkinson called on his relegation-haunted Charlton players to maximise consecutive away draws at Barnsley and Swansea when they play the first of two successive home games against Doncaster on Tuesday night.

With Watford next up at The Valley on Saturday, Parkinson emphasised: "We're unbeaten in our last three games and if we can win these two home games it will give us something to build on.

"It will also underline how important those draws at Barnsley and Swansea were."

With the side showing distinct signs of recovery following a wretched six months, Parkinson declined to be drawn on where the Addicks might be had he been given more time after succeeding Alan Pardew on November 22.

He retorted: "I'm not prepared to look back, only forward.

"This team is now showing signs that it is capable of going on a run and the spirit among the players is better than it's been all season.

"We're playing with a more competitive edge and with more belief on the ball."

Danny Butterfield, signed on a month's loan from south London rivals Crystal Palace on Monday, makes his debut at right-back in place of the injured Graeme Murty whose calf injury forced his return to Reading.

With the pressure on Charlton to win, Butterfield will find plenty of familiar faces in the Addicks line-up with skipper Mark Hudson, Darren Ward and Tom Soares all former Palace team-mates.

Striker Tresor Kandol, who missed Saturday's match after his son was taken ill, will again be absent and it seems likely that Parkinson will retain 17-year-old Jonjo Shelvey playing in the hole behind striker Chris Dickson.

Parkinson ruled out a return for long-term injury casualty Zheng Zhi, who warmed up with squad at Swansea.

He said: "We'll give him an outing with the reserves this week in the hope that he could be available for Watford's visit."

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