Karl Robinson says Charlton Athletic must go to Gillingham's MEMS Priestfield Stadium as "caged animals" on Saturday.

The Addicks were bested by Wigan Athletic in a 3-0 defeat at The Valley last night, with winger Gavin Massey netting twice before midfielder Sam Morsy finished the tie with a third shortly before normal time.

Their first defeat at home in Sky Bet League One and their second this season, Robinson’s side is determined to put the defeat behind them.

While he understood the heightened expectations of the fixture given the opponents, the Charlton boss was insistent that it is like no other game.

Robinson said: “We’ve got to go to Gillingham on Saturday as wounded animals, caged animals. That’s got to be our mentality. We’ve got to be aggressive, and forward-thinking, and on the front foot in a derby.

“I don’t think any game has more detail and preparation than any other, and that’s no disrespect to a derby or to Wigan tonight. They all require the same amount of quality and detail. From the analysis team, for the medical team, to the sports science, every single game they put up a very detailed preparation and plan together for us to go and attack the opposition.

“So it won’t be any greater, it will be exactly the same, we are wounded animals taking things on board and motivated men to go and try to turn it around.”

However, the 36-year-old was in full praise of the more than 10,000 Charlton supporters who attended last night, particularly to those who stayed behind to applaud the players as the exited the pitch.

He was asked about what is now Ricky Holmes’ fourth yellow card this season and, while he said there were some “interesting bookings going on”, he conceded that even he could not criticise the referee.

Robinson added: “But one thing I can say is that the fans’ response at the end of the game, I think for all of you, there’s a lot of right about there.

“Because it’s okay cheering us off when we win but to stay and support us right to the end when we’ve been way off our game, that will mean a lot more to us than support that we get when we win.

“I don’t mean to say that we don’t want it when we win, but that gives you tremendous motivation.

“I don’t think there are many times when you’ve seen what you’ve seen at the end of the game tonight. That motivated my players, it certainly motivated me and my staff and was something we instantly spoke about when we came into the office.

“We’ve let people down, and that’s me and everybody and we are man enough to accept tonight and we were off our game.”

The Charlton boss remains focused on his goal.

He said: “We apologise and we roll our sleeves up, we show what we believe why we want to be at this football club on Saturday at 3 pm [against Gillingham].”