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12-Feb 07:00, by Ketts

Could Jay Dasilva be destined for a more advanced role?

Letting three points slip from their grasp on Saturday was hard to take, especially as it followed hot on the heels of the Oxford game.

Doncaster are in poor form and had barely‎ mustered a meaningful attack, yet managed to snatch a point at the death.

The fact that the goal was fortuitous almost made it worse. A poor clearance was pumped back into the area and the Addicks blocked Luke McCullough's shot. But the ball looped up invitingly for Matty Blair to head home from close range.‎

‎Much has been made of the fact that Karl Robinson made two late substitutions on the left hand side of the team - where Doncaster's original cross came from - but the goal should have been irrelevant.

Charlton should have been out of sight by half-time. 1-0 is always a fragile lead in football, no matter how dominant a team is. 

The left hand side of the Addicks' defence has been targeted by opposition sides - especially late on - for a while now. Jay Dasilva plays high up the pitch.

Josh Magennis goal against Oxford came about because Dasilva won the ball in an advanced‎ position.

But it does leave space behind the full-backfor teams to exploit. Both of Oxf‎ord's two late goals were created down Charlton's left flank.

Robinson sets his side up to score plenty of goals. His belief is that if his team scores lots of goals, they will win lots of matches.

It is an adventurous concept that can leave the team vulnerable at the back. If his team fail to make the most of their chances, then they are liable to drop points.‎

Mark Marshall is a winger who tracks back and gives Chris Solly some protection. Dasilva has not been as fortunate with the players who have operated ahead of him.‎

With Lewis Page now nearing full fitness, it will be interesting to see if Robinson brings the former West Ham man into the defence and pushes Dasilva further forward.

 

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