Date: 11th April 2017 at 1:53am
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Manager Karl Robinson finally had something to smile about as Charlton Athletic took victory over Southend United at the weekend.

Hosting Phil Brown’s side at The Valley for the game, Ricky Holmes gave us the early lead but Southend were back on level terms five minutes later. Despite Southampton having the larger possession and the far great chances on the day, when Charlton’s second effort on target came along Jake Forster-Caskey made it count in the 74th minute to send all three points our way – it appears his goal has now been given as an own goal as well.

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press conference, Robinson hailed the efforts of the players and the fans on the day for seeing us to victory.

‘It was a big result. I`m not going to hide it from anybody, the emotion in myself and the players at the end was clear for everyone to see. I think everyone put a right shift in today. We`ve trained here at The Valley for two days, I wanted the players to feel comfortable at home at The Valley. I`ve brought teams here for many years and I loved coming here. There is a uniqueness and specialness about the place. Sometimes when you only come here to play games and things aren`t going well, it can be a place to be feared. We changed our training programme this week and everything that was done was here.’

The victory took Charlton five points clear of the relegation zone and also dented Southend’s hopes of securing a Play Off spot this year, and with their form Robinson knew it was always going to be a tough game for us.

‘They came here expecting to win, you see the turnout from their fans. I thought the way their fans conducted themselves in the minute`s applause for Mike Norris beforehand was impeccable. You could see how disappointed they were at the end. From our perspective, though, it is about what we did. The substitutions came on and were a difference. Jake`s not having that goal, he can have an assist. He was in the box, if he doesn`t run in the box, that doesn`t happen.’

Robinson went on to say.

‘We`ve flooded the box, we`ve worked on it all week about getting people in there and creating opportunities. We had one or two chances in the first half, too. I like playing with two wide players, it suites how I want to play. It`s the first time for a long time I`ve been able to go with that system, with people fully fit to actually play it. They scored from a set piece. When you watch it back, Pearcey ran in to Ez and tripped him up and that`s how he got a free header. I kicked a load of water bottles all over the place but when I look back it wasn`t anyone`s fault. It was a collision of two players. It was a very, very important win. It is all down to the players and the fans. I thought they were excellent. The two unified become almost untouchable at times here at The Valley.’

With Ezri Konsa and Holmes being substituted in the game, the gaffer went on to say it was precautionary.

‘I can`t ask any more of the players that played today, and the subs, Tex won some headers and Jake made a difference. It`s nice when your subs come on and actually affect the game. We`ve said to the players, it`s a league of nine and you have to win your games, I don`t want to be relying on other teams to get beat, I want to win games.’

He ended by saying.

‘I know I`ve let people down since I`ve been here. Some of the performances and the results haven`t been great. I`ve always said I have to take responsibility for that but I care, I really do care. I want this football club to be a special place to come to work and I want this place to be a feared place and an enjoyable place to come and play but tonight I`m certainly going to enjoy. I want to thank all the staff for their work rate and work ethic, everything worked that we tried to do and we had a little bit of lady luck on our side today as well and that`s important.’

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