STRIKER Rob Hulse admitted he and his Charlton team-mates were left highly frustrated after they could only draw 1-1 at home against 10-man Huddersfield.
The forward put the Addicks in front on the hour with his third goal for the club since signing from QPR on loan before an Adam Clayton penalty two minutes from time earned the Terriers a share of the spoils.
A win would have been Charlton’s fourth on the spin and could have propelled them into the top half of the table, but Hulse was left to reflect on what might have been.
“When a team goes down to 10, you automatically think the team with 11 is just going to run the game and we did to a certain degree,” said Hulse.
“Sometimes when a team goes down to 10 men it can be harder, but we had worked on that during the week, trying to be patient, and we created chances.
“Our free man was our centre-half, so we still had to break them down and they sat in well and made it difficult for us.
“That’s just the way it goes sometimes.
“We’re disappointed we haven’t defended until the end.
“They had a chance in the first half where the lad should have scored, but other than that they haven’t really have a sniff apart from the penalty.”
The Addicks host struggling Peterborough on Tuesday evening and Hulse believes a victory against Posh on top of Saturday’s point would be an excellent return for Charlton heading into the big south-east London derby at Millwall on Saturday.
He said: “If we get a win on Tuesday night and then it’s a good four points from these home games, then you roll onto the derby at the weekend so we’ll take the positives and move on.
“You know what you’re going to get with Millwall and it’s a derby at their place as well.
“But we’ve done all right on the road, especially as we’ve got a really good defensive record away from home.
“You know in this division if you keep a clean sheet away from home there will always be chances and hopefully ones we can convert.
“A couple of wins and we’re in the play-offs but a couple of losses and we’re in and around the bottom three.
“It’s a funny league, it’s in your face.
“It’s thick and fast Saturday, Tuesday, so it’s physically a demanding league as well.
“Anyone can beat anyone on their day.”
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