Charlton Athletic boss Nathan Jones's surprising view ahead of Derby County clash

Derby County vs Charlton Athletic kicks off at 7.45pm on Tuesday 27 February
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Derby County will be looking to close the gap on league leaders Portsmouth this evening as they face a struggling Charlton Athletic side.

The Rams will host the 20th-placed Addicks with the hope of returning to winning ways after they fell to promotion chasing Barnsley at the weekend.

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Charlton meanwhile are at a turning point in their simply dismal season. Manager Nathan Jones joined the club at the start of the month.

The former Luton and Southampton manager has taken a step down into League One as he is looking to turn the fortunes of a talented but underachieving Charlton.

In his pre-match press conference, Jones showed a lot of confidence ahead of the clash with Derby. He said: "We know Derby, for the level, is a very, very difficult game but we’re never going to fear anyone.

"We have a way of playing and we go after teams, that’s the mentality now.”

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The two teams met eachother at the start of the month, just days before Jones was appointed. The Rams came away as 1-0 winners with a goal from Nathaniel Mendez-Laing giving Paul Warne's side all three points.

However Jones believes that the Addicks were the better team that day, he added: “There was nothing in the game.

“Charlton were probably the better side in the second half. It’s just that Derby showed the one bit of quality in the game from a slight error that won them the game and that’s the margins.

"We have to show that quality but still be the aggressive team that we are.”

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With a win, the Rams could come within four points of Portsmouth as the game tonight is Derby's game in hand over Pompey.

So if they are to give themselves a chance of not just automatic promotion but to win the title, a win will be neccessary.

However, if Jones' confidence is anything to go by, Paul Warne's side will have to be on form to get the win.