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Jason Pearce gave an honest evaluation of Charlton Athletic’s performance in the 1-0 loss against Middlesbrough, as reported by London News Online.
The Addicks went down after less than a minute when George Saville pounced on a loose ball in the Charlton box, before stabbing it past Dillon Phillips.
It can be suggested that Lee Bowyer’s side never truly recovered from the early setback, as they went on to take 18 fewer shots than the home side, while also failing to create a single big chance.
In the end, the team were forced to walk away from the game without any points, leaving them 17th in the Championship table.
Pearce was honest in his conclusions of the game, as he told London News Online:
“It was an off-day. Normally we have a group that gives their all. I don’t think we didn’t give our all, it just wasn’t quite our day. We didn’t win the battle.
“I don’t really know what to say because it just wasn’t good enough. We’ve got to do better. The quicker we realise we’re in a battle now, the better because we’ve got to improve and improve quickly.”
Charlton will now be facing Huddersfield Town on Tuesday, in a game that offers Bowyer’s side an opportunity to quickly turn the mood around.
Like Charlton, Huddersfield have not won in any of their last five games which means they currently sit 21st, so a victory for the Addicks would help push them further away from the danger zone.
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One positive from the Middlesbrough match is that Lyle Taylor played the second half, having missed 13 Championship games through injury.
The hope will be that the 29-year-old can help the team to turn things around and put an end to their run of eight league games without a win.