Russell Slade wants 'ruthless' Charlton

Russell Slade wants 'ruthless' Charlton

Charlton boss Russell Slade wants his team to be more ruthless after their 2-1 defeat to AFC Wimbledon.

Dominic Poleon and substitute Tyrone Barnett's late strikes cancelled Ademola Lookman's eighth-minute goal.

Charlton wasted several opportunities to put the game to bed as the Dons came from behind to score from their only two shots on target.

Slade said: "It's a cruel game - I've just looked at the opportunities we had. Wimbledon have had the two and scored from them.

"They stayed in the game because of that and we gave them that opportunity to get back in the match.

"We need to learn to be ruthless and efficient. You can have more quality and we showed that, but collectively we have to have that resilience. We have to see the game out and we didn't.

"We're very hurt and we should be and we feel we let ourselves down. It's a concern that we've conceded four goals in the last two games."

A bit of magic from Poleon resulted in the 78th-minute equaliser when he beat two defenders in the box to slot the ball home.

Slade was not happy with the way his team defended the goal.

He added: "The first goal is disappointing that it got out to him there. We're actually two-on-one and he managed to find a way in between the two and finish.

"From my point of view I will be looking at that."

AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley praised his goalkeeper James Shea, who was brought into the team for the short trip to the Valley and stopped Ricky Holmes and Lookman from adding to Charlton's lead.

Ardley said: "We had to hang on in there and stick together. The problem in the first half was the one-on-one defending. We tightened it up in the second half.

"I didn't feel our goalkeepers had to keep us in games last season but today was different.

"At 1-0 he made two or three top saves. It allowed us to get back into the game. He's been called up and he's done his job.

"The boys stuck at it and the subs made a difference."

Ardley was also happy that his strikers scored the goals to win the Dons the game.

Poleon grabbed his fourth goal of the season, while summer signing Barnett netted his first for the club with his 85th-minute winner.

He added: "Poleon could've been left out of the team - I demanded a job from him and he did that job - it was a sublime bit of individual brilliance.

"Barnett's goal will give him confidence. My strikers know that if they're trying to do the things we're working on then they'll be praised and we'll be happy with them."


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