Charlton Athletic manager Karl Robinson has blasted the performances of his offensive players during The Addicks’ 3-2 defeat to Oxford United at The Valley.

Athletic twice led in SE7 and looked to be just minutes away from securing the three points before a late collapse saw them lose the match with the visitors scoring two goals at the death to completely turn the game on its head.

Speaking to The72 in the post-match press conference, Robinson admitted that there were no positives to take from the defeat and he went on to criticise the performances of his offensive players.

“We lost our discipline with five minutes to go” Robinson said when analysing his side’s collapse. “It was quite clear what the game plan was but it wasn’t carried out.

“We asked our wingers to be more disciplined to give our full-backs more protection and they never gave them protection.

“We let a player run for their second goal. We worked on it yesterday and spoke about it at great lengths and somebody chose not to close them down.

“When we were leading we got too confident and we became individuals offensively today which I have not seen before.

“It was a case of ‘I want to score’ not ‘we need to score’.

“There were no positives at all, we lost.

“We beat ourselves through our indiscipline.”

The result leaves Charlton Athletic in seventh position in the Sky Bet League One table. Had The Addicks beaten Oxford United, Robinson’s men would have leapfrogged Bradford City into sixth place.

Charlton Athletic are back in action next Saturday when they travel to the Keepmoat Stadium to take on Doncaster Rovers.


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