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05-Feb 01:41, by Ketts

An essential part of a winger's game is to shield his full-back.

Back in late November, Charlton were trailing Peterborough 2-0 in a Tuesday night game at The Valley.

Addicks fans had resigned themselves to defeat, but as the game entered stoppage time, there was a glimmer of hope.

Charlton were awarded a penalty. Up stepped Ricky Holmes to despatch the spot-kick.

Karl Robinson's men threw everything at their opponents, and against all the odds, they salvaged a point when Karlan Ahearne-Grant fired home the equaliser.

They came desperately close to snatching all three points at the end, but that draw felt like a win for the Addicks, whereas it felt like a defeat to Posh.‎

Charlton rode their luck against Oxford on Saturday and seemed on course for a fourth straight win.‎

The visitors had hit the woodwork twice, and spurned a golden ‎chance, but as the game edged towards the last minute‎, debutant Todd Kane levelled things up. 

Then in stoppage time, Ryan Ledson administered the coup-de-grace.‎

Both goals should have been prevented, they both came from pull backs as the Addicks' back line was exposed.

The full-backs were given little protection as the game entered it's denouement, and Karl Robinson was critical of his attacking players:‎

‎"I told the players that we lost our discipline, our shape and our protection for our full-backs. That was the mantra when people came on. 

"We wanted to allow them to come onto us and then we'd hit them on the break. When we did hit them on the break at 2-1, we became selfish. We beat ourselves through our lack of discipline. 

"I don't think it was an arrogance from any individual, I think it was just a willingness to do well. ‎

"Even though they are trying so hard, there can be better options out there and we needed to be open to that,"‎ said the boss.

Robinson's mantra has always been to try and outscore ‎the opposition, rather than keep things tight and hope to grab a goal on the break.

The manager's expansive game plan is a joy to watch at times, but getting the balance between attack and defence right is crucial.

Sullay Kaikai and Michal Zyro were naturally keen to impress on their debuts, but Robinson is sure to have a word with them about their defensive duties this week.

 

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