Karl Robinson has apologised to supporters following Charlton Athletic’s 3-0 defeat at home to Wigan Athletic.

The Addicks had chances in the first half through Tariqe Fosu and Josh Magennis, however it was the visiting side who drew first blood when winger Gavin Massey scored in the 44th minute.

Robinson would bring in Karlan Ahearne-Grant and Ezri Konsa to try and turn the tide but Massey scored a second before midfielder Sam Morsy found the third.

The result is the team’s second defeat of the Sky Bet League One season so far and are now in third behind Peterborough United and league leaders Shrewsbury Town.

He said: “I lost my battle with their manager and every one of my players lost their battle with their players. It’s as simple as that.

“We couldn’t get a rhythm, maybe if Jake’s [Forster-Caskey] shot goes in or Josh’s [Magennis] chance in the first 15 minutes goes in then the whole momentum of the game would have changed, but we were all over the park tonight in so many aspects of our style.

“We tried to play a little bit of a different way second half, play a little bit direct to Josh but then we didn’t win enough second balls and we’ve got to be open and honest with you, as we always are, that we lost all of our individual battles. In my view.

“So we have to apologise because it wasn’t good enough.”

The 36-year-old admitted his side were not at their best, with lapses in concentration, mistimed challenges and bookings a theme for the night’s performance.

While Charlton had a strong showing in the first they became subdued after the interval and became unable to find answers past Wigan’s high-pressing approach.

Robinson added: “We’ve had a bad night against one of the best attacking teams in the league. Sometimes you have a bad night against other teams and we find a way of winning, if that makes sense.

“I’ve watched League One for a long time and [Michael] Jacobs and [Nick] Powell are about as good as you’re going to come up against in League One.

“Today those two players were probably on the best they’ve played all season.”

However, he did maintain his loyalty with his players and insisted “at no stage do I disconnect from my team”, whether they win or lose.

He added: “We’re together, we’re a unit. I’ve just said to them, ‘I don’t know what the results have gone all around us, but you’ve had a bad night you’ll probably still end up in the top half of the table’.

“And if you’ve played one of the best teams in the league, you’ve chalked one of them off, then you have to come back stronger, brighter, [and] more efficient in what you do.

“I’m not criticising the players. The effort was still there, the players still tried, we just were not on our A game. Even B.

"I’m with them as well in defeat, so I apologise.”