Date: 10th January 2018 at 6:39pm
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Manager Karl Robinson has said he remains proud of the performance the Charlton Athletic players put in during last night’s EFL Trophy loss to Oxford United.

Hosting the side at The Valley for the game, Charlton took the early lead through Karlan Ahearne-Grant in the seventh minute of the first half, but Oxford levelled the scores through Wes Thomas in the second period.

The match ended in a draw and luck wasn’t on our side in the penalty shootout as the visitors proceeded to take victory.

Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media for his post game press conference, Robinson explained that having had one training session to work on the match and only one fit recognised centre half, he had to be proud of our efforts.

‘I`m proud of the performance because we basically had one training session and we had one fit centre-back today. Harry Lennon wasn`t fit, neither were Patrick Bauer, Naby Sarr or Jason Pearce. Ezri Konsa was the only fit centre-back, so we went with Jacko. I thought the back three looked very accomplished considering the age of the two playing alongside Jacko and we had seven academy players take the field tonight which is a testament to the football club.’

It could’ve been different for Charlton had we not wasted the efforts on the day and Robinson knows that has to change quickly as it’s happening too often.

‘We need a striker and we need to score more goals, because we can`t keep relying on the same person all the time – he needs a break. Again, we`ve had 60-odd per cent possession and had 23 shots, but scored one goal. They had one real chance and scored and you`re writing the same article every week – ‘Charlton were the better team, but didn`t take their chances.` It`s the same story week in, week out.’

As for the January transfer window, he stated we’ve had no offers for Ricky Holmes at least at this stage.

‘There are teams who might be looking at Ricky who might think they could be in the Premier League next season. These things are out of our control, but we`ve not had any bids, so it`s not like we`ve been sitting here fending off bids. We had a game today, so that was the most important thing. I`ll speak to Ricky tomorrow and ask him what his thoughts are and what`s going on. But we were in match mode today and he was on the bench, so we`ll have a conversation tomorrow.’

He did confirm we rejected an offer for Dillon Phillips who saw his contract extended earlier in the week.

‘We rejected a bid for Dillon Phillips and I’ve been quite clear on my stance on that. Unless I can get a number two as good as him, the boy isn’t going anywhere.’

As for potential incomings.

‘We need more players. Adam Amstrong has gone today and Kieffer Moore has, obviously, gone to Barnsley. There are a number of strikers who are getting knocked off the list and that`s the frustrating bit. But that`s out of my control, I can only control the circumstances that I`m in control of, so that`s what I`ll do.’

With ongoing takeover speculation.

‘I need to keep doing my job, keep working hard and keep doing the right things. We know that there have been people in and talking to a number of different people and the decision lies with the owner when that time comes. It`s business as usual, in some ways. We can’t let this season slip. We’ve worked so hard to put ourselves in this position, it can’t be a drain on people again, it has to be something to kicks us forward.’

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