Charlton Athletic interim head coach Karel Fraeye signalled out his sides poor defending as the major reason for their defeat to League One strugglers Colchester United in the FA Cup this afternoon.
The Addicks went down to a 2-1 defeat in front of a crowd of 5,742 at the Colchester Community Stadium this afternoon. It extended their winless run to nine matches and failure to beat a struggling side in the league below, who had gone 11 matches without a victory will further anger the Charlton Athletic supporters.
Fans have recently let their feelings known regarding the ownership of the football club and with on-the-field matters not providing any degree of comfort, the hard times look set to continue at The Valley. Although they are only a point away from safety, they are still second from bottom in the Championship. Losing to Colchester was disappointing, and Fraeye says their first-half display is what cost them a place in the Fourth Round,
“It was very poor defending on the goals, it was not good. We were not sharp enough. We put out a team that normally should be strong enough to beat Colchester but we were not able to.
Second half, 2-0 down, we took more risks, tried to score and then you know you can be exposed on the counter attack.”
In the battle of the Championship and League One second from bottom of the table duo, Fraeye was left lamenting the injury to Joe Cousins late in the first half. He also believes their injury situation certainly isn’t helping their situation at this moment in time,
“It doesn’t look good at this moment (Cousins’ injury). With the players brought in, it looks like we go one step forward and two steps backwards.
We bring in (Diego) Poyet and we lose (Joe) Cousins and Alou (Diarra); we bring in (Roger) Johnson and we lose Patrick Bauer. For the moment, we are not stepping forward.”
Charlton at least don’t have long to let today’s defeat settle too much. They are next back in action on Tuesday evening when they travel to the John Smith’s Stadium to take on David Wagner’s Huddersfield Town, who drew with Reading in the FA Cup earlier today.