Pratley: "It's time to stop this rot"

Speaking after Tuesday’s 1-0 loss to Huddersfield Town, midfielder Darren Pratley shared his frustrations with the result whilst urging the fans to get behind the team tonight to put an end to the Addicks’ poor run of form.

“I think a 0-0 would have been a fair result, we didn’t create much but we didn’t deserve to lose it at the end,” he explained.

“We haven’t created too much or tested the keeper. Early on in the season and last year, we created a lot of chances but recently it hasn’t happened for us in front of goal and we’re conceding. The only positive is that we’ve got the opportunity to go and turn it around against Hull on Friday.”

The 34-year old bemoaned the side’s poor form but insisted that the players do not want to make excuses for the run of results that has left the club winless in nine Championship matches.

“We don’t want to make excuses,” he said.

“The sides we’ve put out lately are good enough to win games. Everybody knows we have a lot of players out injured but we won’t make excuses. We’ve had good times at this club since I’ve been here. It’s all been nice, it’s been rosy, but there’s two sides to football and we know that.”

Falling to late defeat saw The Valley faithful express their displeasure at the performance but Pratley has urged the fans to show unity and get behind the team to end the poor run of form tonight.

“We got booed on Tuesday and rightly so, we weren’t good enough at home but now it’s a new game [against Hull]. The fans and us need to stick together and get through this period. The Championship is a tough league - you lose a lot of games.

“It's important to stick together and not start blaming individuals. Let’s make sure we’re focussed and stop the rot.”

However, the veteran midfielder believes that one result can see fortunes change, with a win taking Charlton up to 16th, but admits that securing three points against the Tigers will not be an easy task.

“Every game is a big game in the Championship. We look at the next game and it’s always huge, whether we win or lose. We need to end this poor run, and we have needed to end it four or five weeks ago. We want to win every week but now we have to put a stop to this rot.

“Hull are a good side, the boy [Jarred] Bowen scores every week so it’ll be a tough game for us but we look forward to it and trying to stop this rot.”

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