Date: 22nd September 2017 at 4:14pm
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Manager Karl Robinson has called on Charlton Athletic to show a response to our two recent defeats when we host Bury this weekend.

Welcoming the side to The Valley for this weekend’s League One action after our two back to back defeats, Robinson knows it’s not panic time, but it’s certainly time to bounce back from that and pick up a more positive result.

Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the press for his pre game press conference, there were four main points that Robinson wanted to address.

The first was what he felt was a determination on the training pitch to bounce back.

‘We`ve analysed our last two games in depth. We gave ourselves some time to allow that immediate emotion to fade and it is very clear why we didn`t get the results we wanted. Against Wigan, our two wingers got dragged too deep by their two full-backs, rather than us dominating their two full-backs. Our 10 ended up too deep and that made it look like we only had one striker up front, rather than our usual four being higher up the pitch. We have spoken about that.’

He went on to add.

‘Against Gillingham, their keeper got Man of the Match, so our finishing obviously needs to be better. It is as simple and classified as that. It wasn`t bad finishing from one individual, it was a number of us. We hit the target a lot but could not beat the goalkeeper and his 6ft 9in frame.’

The second point was that although it was frustrating to see us wobble, he didn’t feel there was a need to panic as sometimes during a season you get blips like this and it’s how you address them that matters.

‘People are going to be frustrated because we lost away to Gillingham. We`re in a good place, we`re working hard. It`s a much better place than this time last year, so I think we need to just keep going and move forward. We`re a different and young team – we`re still learning. There were a lot of young players who took to the pitch against Gillingham. There`s no negativity around me.’

With Ricky Holmes suspended for the next match, Robinson confirmed he’s already picked his side and he joked that with a number of players sidelined, fans could probably guess the starting eleven.

‘The team is picked, so we know exactly what we are going to do. There won`t be too many surprises in the team as we don`t have too many players left! We have worked really hard and we are all ready to go.’

Finally, it was an injury update on Mark Marshall and Ben Reeves, but that was covered yesterday.

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