Doc featured in a striking role at the Valley, providing the spearhead just in front of Teddy Sheringham. He would have expected a tough night up against the uncompromising Richard Rufus, but the Irish international more than held his own.
"It was always going to be a difficult game, I think they nearly topped the little London league last year with all the derbies," said Gary afterwards.
"All the lads are delighted with the three points.
"I was quite happy with my performance - the gaffer said he was happy so that's the main thing!
"I haven't started a game for the first team for a year now, so it's a long old time. I've had sub appearances and that, but not started for a year.
"I was happy with the way things went for me."
It was a magnificent team display, with every member closing down, tracking back, with defensive duties never neglected.
"It was yes, the defence was excellent," agreed Gary who, along with Teddy bolstered the defence at crucial times.
"We did yes, me and Ted won a few headers in our area, which is always important when you come away.
"I thought the back four were excellent, Kasey is in magnificent form and he was excellent again today."
Gary Doherty started his first game for nearly a year against Charlton and was more than happy with the way it panned out for himself and the team.