Charlton Athletic head coach Nathan Jones angered by the absence of star but believes there is a silver lining amid Derby clash

Charlton Athletic head coach Nathan Jones has said that the absence of star defender Lloyd Jones from tomorrow night’s game against Derby County is a blow, but he sees a bright side.

Clean sheet is a big plus for Charlton Athletic defender Lloyd Jones –  South London News

The Addicks have had a sluggish run of play in recent months, but results have improved since Jones took over, with hard-fought draws against title rivals Bolton Wanderers and Portsmouth, as well as an in-form Lincoln City.

However, Jones’ main concern right now is that the team needs to win. Charlton Athletic has not won in 18 matches across all competitions, the longest winless stretch in the club’s history. Only four of these 18 games have been led by the new coach.

Nonetheless, the south-east London team has another difficult week, with a trip to Pride Park on Tuesday night followed by a tough encounter at Sixfields on Saturday against Northampton Town, who are still in the playoff fight.

Unfortunately, Jones will be missing star centre-back Lloyd Jones in both games after he received his tenth yellow card of the season in the weekend’s goalless draw with Portsmouth.

In his pre-match press conference ahead of the trip to Derbyshire, the head coach remained confident in his covering options to accomplish the job.

“It offers others a chance. That is what we have required of people. We have six centre-halves here. We have Michael Hector returning, Lucas Nessy, and Macaulay Gillesphey, who came on and played on Saturday. We have cover in there.

“It’s unfortunate because Lloyd had been in fantastic form. He’s been active and has done an excellent job defending, but now someone else has a chance.”

Interestingly, Jones did play under the new Charlton Athletic manager during his two-year spell at Luton Town, but he only appeared in six games across all competitions. He has already appeared four times for Jones since the former Southampton coach arrived at The Valley.

The 28-year-old defender is now a crucial player for Charlton and will be severely missed at the heart of the defence, especially after keeping a clean sheet against the top team in England’s third tier last weekend.

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