Date: 6th March 2017 at 7:37pm
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Manager Karl Robinson has called on the Charlton Athletic players to embrace the challenge that will be Scunthorpe United tonight as we go in search of victory.

Speaking to the Official Site on Monday as he held his pre game media interviews, Robinson was backing the players to show a reaction given their upset in the weekend’s loss to Northampton Town and he felt we would finally end the four game losing streak we are on.

Robinson explained that the players would have to ’embrace the challenge’ against League One’s third place side and he knew they would be up against a stiff test from Graham Alexander’s boys.

‘Graham has done a magnificent job building a team at Scunthorpe and that`s showing on the pitch this season. They load the midfield area, they are very offensive and they have a very solid back four. It`s a tough time of year and they are fighting to get over that line.’

Robinson went on to say that the main challenge was lifting confidence, playing to our best and starting to show signs of adjusting to the culture he wants in terms of attitude in the dressing room.

‘We accept the challenge and have to embrace the challenge. The whole idea is getting the right culture into the building. Having so many injuries on a consistent basis it`s almost impossible for to get a consistent side. I don`t think we`ve been able to pick a consistent back five for two consecutive games, which is the foundation. Trying to find the right blend of midfield has been hard all year. The strikers have been finding it hard at the moment but I have massive belief in them. I believe in Josh Magennis. I believe in Tony Watt. I believe in Lee Novak. I believe in the young players and I believe in the direction this club should be going.’

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‘I also believe in the fans support and that was shown immensely in the turnout on Saturday at Northampton. The fans have been brilliant at The Valley and we need them big time tomorrow night. Hopefully the players can do you proud.’

One boost is despite the difference in actual table positions, Scunthorpe’s recent form hasn’t been much better than our own and Robinson knows that rather than fearing them, we should be looking at the game as an opportunity to make a statement about where we want to be.

‘We`ve had two grass sessions today and we`ve had three meetings and we`ll work on set pieces tomorrow. The players have to be mentally ready. A lot of sporting success is based on the application that you put in, not so much the talent, as we saw at the weekend in the boxing. The players have to believe in themselves and each other.’

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