REACTION | Robinson rues late lapse in concentration in derby draw

George Jones reports from the Cherry Red Records Stadium

Karl Robinson was left to rue a late lapse in concentration following Saturday’s London derby draw at AFC Wimbledon.

The Addicks, in front through Ricky Holmes’ eighth-minute free-kick, dominated for long spells at the Cherry Red Records Stadium but were pegged back by Tom Elliott’s stoppage-time equaliser.

Charlton would have moved within four points of the play-offs had they held on for victory and afterwards the Manager was frustrated. 

“Without the last three to four minutes of the last two games, we’d be sitting two points outside the play-offs with a game in hand,” he said.

“I can’t question the effort today. Apart from the goal, I don't think they had a shot on target and not many teams come here and do that to them.

“If I had a criticism, it would be that when we went 1-0 up we had three, four or five chances in the second half and we didn’t take them. We should have had a penalty in the 92nd minute, we didn’t get, we were frustrated with the referee and then we switched off.

“It’s not our style, it’s not our fitness levels – it's the right mentality in the closing stages of games that we need to find.”

“It’s frustrating, obviously, but we haven’t got time to feel sorry for ourselves. We have got a big week coming up and now we have to prepare for Oldham.”

Despite the late equaliser, Robinson was encouraged by his side’s display for much of the match.

He said: “You come into games here and you know how intense it is going to be. Obviously, me being here adds to it and gives a bit more of an edge to it.

“I thought we dealt with that well. We dealt with their aerial threat and crosses well and we looked good on the attack. Stephy came on and looked good and dangerous.

“It was just that last bit. It’s so frustrating.”

After the game, Robinson was involved in an incident with a member of AFC Wimbledon’s staff as the teams left the field.

“He knows what he said to me,” the Manager said. “We get stick, it’s part of the game, but when an employee of the other club says something like that, it shows the class of the person. Certain aspects of it were disgusting and shouldn’t be part of any industry.

“To be fair, their staff and everyone else in the building has been brilliant since then. Credit to them and I have got a lot of respect for the way they conducted themselves.” 
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