Charlton legend fears Swindon's firepower

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Charlton Athletic technical director Paul Mortimer fears Swindon Town’s attacking threat as the two sides prepare to meet in the play-offs at The Valley tonight.

The Addicks go into the second leg 2-1 down, meaning they need to score at least once to have any chance of progressing to Wembley but Mortimer feels Swindon will score in South-East London.

He said: “In the one-off games clean sheets don’t win you anything. It is about scoring goals and that may be the only problem we have.

“I think Swindon are good enough to score; therein lies the problem for us. We might need to score more than one goal to win and I don’t know if we are capable of doing that,” he admitted.

Mortimer was part of Charlton’s last successful play-off side when they won a thrilling contest on penalties after a 4-4 draw against Sunderland in 1998.

It was the goal scoring prowess of Clive Mendonca that won the game for the Addicks that day and they will need that again this time around.

Mortimer recalls: “It didn’t surprise me that Clive Mendonca scored a hat-trick that day; he is one of the best strikers I have played with.

“Now, we don’t have a 20-goal Clive Mendonca. Nicky Bailey can score double-figures from midfield but that is not enough,” he continued.

After being around the promotion spots for 46 games, Charlton’s season comes down to just two matches but Mortimer, who now manages Charlton’s women’s team, feels Phil Parkinson needs to take credit for leading his side to the play-offs.

He said: “Now it is not about what has happened in the past, now it is about getting through two games. Yes it is disappointing after coming down from where we have but people must understand there has been a huge change.

“A couple of weeks before the start of the season Phil Parkinson didn’t know what his first eleven would be so it is a remarkable achievement.”

It really is all or nothing for the Addicks now, though, because if they fail to get out of League One now Mortimer realises their task will be even more difficult next term.

“Southampton will be the team to beat next year and that is why I want us to get promoted because it will be harder.

“There are so many teams with better resources coming down and it will be so much harder for us to get up and out,” he said.

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Nicky Bailey
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Charlton Athletic

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