Simon Makienok targets play-offs ahead of debut Charlton campaign

New Charlton Athletic striker Simon Makienok says the south London side are targeting the play-offs ahead of the start of the 2015/16 campaign.

The 24-year old Danish international, who signed for the club on a season-long loan from Palermo last month, has high expectations for the season ahead.

Speaking to the official Charlton website, he said: “”I hope we can get towards the play-offs.”

Referring to last years 12th position finish, he commented: “You always have to aim higher so obviously we have to do better than last year.”

 The former Brondby striker played 64 minutes in Saturday’s 0-0 pre-season friendly against West Ham United this weekend, and believes he has already improved since arriving at the club.

“Compared to the first couple of weeks, I think I have improved myself as a player,” he said.

“I’m learning about my team-mates more and to how we want to play and the way things are going at this club.”

The weekend fixture also marked Makienok’s first appearance at The Valley, a moment the forward will not forget in a hurry.

“It was very special even though it was unofficial. It was a good feeling to get on the pitch,” he stated.

“Since the first day I was here at The Valley, I wanted to come and play on it so it was a good moment.”

The striker, who hails from Næstved, a small town near Copenhagen, is also looking forward to forming a partnership with fellow forward Tony Watt.

“The way I want to play with another striker is someone who can make deep runs when I’m winning a lot of balls in the air,” he said.

“We’ve only been training for three weeks now for this kind of play, but every day and every game it’s getting better and better.

“I think it’ll help us a lot in the season to score a lot of goals.”


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