Parkinson backs his Addicks to take second

Charlton boss Phil Parkinson believes the Addicks can sneak under the radar to pinch the second automatic promotion spot behind League One table-toppers Norwich.

Charlton boss Phil Parkinson believes the Addicks can sneak under the radar to pinch the second automatic promotion spot behind League One table-toppers Norwich.

Parkinson has identified upcoming games against the Canaries, Colchester and Leeds as key to his side's hopes of joining Paul Lambert's champions-elect back in the Championship at the first attempt.

City travel to The Valley on April 17 in a game that could seal their own promotion fate, but Parkinson feels Charlton can edge the four-way scrap behind the Canaries. Charlton picked up maximum points over the Easter period to move level with Leeds and two points adrift of second-placed Swindon.

"It keeps things tight," said Parkinson. "It's going to be an exciting finale. A lot of teams have had blips, Swindon are on a fantastic run and it's difficult to predict how the pressure will affect each club. We've got a lot of experience in our team and we're coping well in this situation.


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"We've got some big games coming up against Colchester, Leeds and Norwich. They're mouthwatering ties and when we looked at the fixture list at the start of the season, we hoped those games would be promotion-type games and they're going to be."

Meanwhile, Leeds skipper Richard Naylor has warned the rest of the chasing pack not to write off his side after they ended a run of four defeats at Yeovil on Easter Monday.

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"We didn't care how we played on Monday," said Naylor, who notched a brace at Huish Park in a 2-1 win. "We needed three points to give us confidence and momentum for the last six games. We're up against it. We've had some bad results, and we've played well on occasions and not got results. � It was important we stayed together. When I scored everyone came together and it's a nice feeling. Yeovil has gone now, though. We have another home game on Saturday and we have to push on."

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