PRE MATCH | Addicks to make changes for Bury clash, says Karl Robinson.

George Jones reports

Karl Robinson says that he will make changes to his side for Saturday’s fixture against Bury, as they bid to get back to winning ways.

Charlton were beaten 1-0 by Oxford United on Tuesday night and, in what will be their fifth match in just a fortnight, the Manager wants them to bounce back.

“We were going to make two or three anyway,” he said ahead of the weekend’s Football For A Fiver fixture. “We’ve got one or two players that have played a lot of football and are looking a bit tired.

“We will make those changes that we feel are right to help us get the result. There are a couple that deserve a chance too.

“I need to know exactly what is here and if you keep doing what you have always done then you will keep getting what you have always got. It’s a case of finding a way and integrating a system that works for us.”

Tuesday’s defeat to in-form Oxford saw Charlton hit the woodwork twice and have a stoppage-time header cleared off the line but the Manager is demanding more from his side.

He said: “We need to show a lot more. We had been playing well but the results haven’t shown that. We had a poor performance on Tuesday but I am not the type of person to accept that.

“There was a lot of frustration from the fans at the end of the game - that was very evident, and the players understood that in the dressing room.

“A lot of managers can’t put their finger on what is wrong with their team. I can. I know exactly what is wrong and Tuesday just reaffirmed what I know.

“We’ve been in the middle of the table all season and it isn’t acceptable. We are underachieving massively and it has to change. Relegation last year and middle of the table this, it has to change.”   

Saturday’s opponents Bury, now managed by former Huddersfield Town and Birmingham City boss Lee Clark, picked up an impressive 2-1 win against Chesterfield last weekend.

“I’ve known Lee for years now,” says Robinson. “He is a very infectious character, he always has a hunger and desire for the game, which is what I like.

“I know his players will want to play for him and a few of my old players are there, so I know they’ll want to show me that they can still do it.

“We need to worry about ourselves, though, and what we do. It’s about how we can take the game to them and attack them. We have just got to get it right. There are no excuses and we need to perform.”

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