Date: 30th October 2017 at 5:19pm
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Charlton Athletic manager Karl Robinson has thanked the fans for their support following the narrow victory over Wimbledon at the weekend.

Hosting the side at The Valley for the game, Charlton managed only six efforts on goal, with one on target and Wimbledon didn’t really wow anyone with their seven at goal but zero on target.

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press conference, Robinson thanked the fans for staying behind the team until the final minute and helping to drive them on to Ricky Holmes winner 12 minutes from full time.

‘Our fans noticed today that we weren`t good and the crowd lifted us and it gave us that momentum and in that period we scored the goal. So we`re thankful to them, they got us over the line.’

Asked about the game itself, he knew we had an off day and it was pretty boring to watch.

‘I don`t recall our keeper or their keeper making a save. We know we were way off today. We know we have to do better. I thought Billy Clarke, Tariqe, Ricky and Josh were off it today. We didn`t look fluent. We didn`t look aggressive in our play but they`re mavericks.’

Joking that he wouldn’t be watching it back himself.

‘We know we were way off it today. We know we have to do better. I tell you what, I watch all our games back. I will not watch that game again.’

One thing he was pleased with was the attitude of the players though.

‘You see us constantly laughing and joking and together. That mentality stands you in good stead and that positivity helps you as well. It`s a win, it`s three points and thankfully we`ve taken them.’


He also had praise for the job Wimbledon did as he knew their system to deal with had largely worked.

‘I`ll give credit to the manager and the team. They worked the system. I think Neal Ardley is one of the best managers out there, to do what he does. I think their manager is outstanding. Their captain, there was one where Ricky went round him and stood on his thigh. He got back up again, he didn`t moan, he didn`t complain, he took it like a man and kept going. I like that in a player. They`re honest, we knew that honesty would make it difficult for us. We couldn`t get that early goal. We didn`t start great and could find a rhythm but listen we won, at the end of the day that`s all that matters.’

Chelsea loanee Jay Dasilva was also speaking following the game and although he opened with enjoying life at the club, he admitted Wimbledon was a tough game to play.

‘I knew I`d play a lot of football here and that was a big thing for me – coming back and playing. Initially in January, it was a bit of a tough period for me but I just stayed patient and kept going. I came in and trained as well as I could every day and just waited for my time. When my chance came, I tried to take it. I thought it was a good first loan. I would have liked to have played a bit more but it was a good learning curve for me. It was what I needed. It is important for me to play as much as I can and to keep my form going.’

Speaking more about the game, he added.

‘It was a tough game. They defended well and put men behind the ball throughout the whole game but luckily Ricky pulled out something spectacular to give us a win. We have got a talented bunch of boys; we have always got something to unlock a team. A lot of the time we will be in control of games and we have got players that can pull things out of the bag. We are confident at the moment. We believe that we can win every game and with the quality of players we have, why shouldn`t we?’

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