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Nigel Adkins gets early chance to show Charlton improvement as season-defining games loom: Opinion

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Sky Bet League One football returns for Charlton Athletic on Good Friday and the big games are certainly on the way for the Addicks as they bid to make the play-off places.

Nigel Adkins has overseen one match in charge since his arrival – a 2-2 draw with AFC Wimbledon – but in the time since over the international break he has been able to really get to grips with his new squad and let them know what he wants from them.

Indeed, this Friday’s game with Doncaster Rovers will be the first genuine test of his and his team’s approach for the rest of the season, with the matches only set to increase in significance in the days and weeks following.

Currently, Charlton are ninth in the table, one point off of sixth place but having played a couple of games more than some in the play-off race.

They get a chance to try and negate that issue, though, by facing four promotion rivals in the next four games.

Friday sees an out-of-form Doncaster (currently 7th) play host to the Addicks before another out of form team in Lincoln City (currently 4th) visits The Valley on Tuesday.

Saturday 10th sees the Addicks travel to a flying Sunderland who are chasing the top two in third and then Ipswich Town (currently a point behind Charlton) visit The Valley on Saturday 17th.

Certainly, it’s a tough, season-defining run for the Addicks – especially with Peterborough and Hull City still to come in the final weeks – but it’s one that, if it goes their way, could pave the way for a play-off finish.

It’s down to them, then, and we’ll soon see whether they grasp the opportunity.


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