Charlton have “more than enough” to stay in the Championship and compete, Ben Purrington insists.

The newcomers are tipped to go back down but began their return to the division with a 2-1 win against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.

Although Lee Bowyer is racing against the clock to bolster his squad before the transfer window shuts, he is confident the team can stay in the Championship for another year.

That mentality is shared by all his players and Purrington, who scored at Ewood Park, believes the victory demonstrated why.

Asked whether the team uses the predictions as motivation, he said: “I don't think you can really look into it too much, obviously we've come up from the league below but you can see the quality that we have in the team.

“I think we've got more than enough to stay in the Championship and compete. Blackburn were a good team last year, they finished strongly, have got some good players and paid a lot of money for some of them.

“Today, five or six [of the players] were making their debuts in the Championship. I've only played 10, 15 or so games, it's new territory for me to be honest as well.

“But a lot of them have got the experience like Prats [Darren Pratley], Pearcey [Jason Pearce], [Jake Forster-] Caskey and Jonny [Williams].

“They've all played a lot of games in the Championship so it's good to have them in the side and they've got the experience for the young lads as well.”

What could be a key strength for Charlton this season is their versatility. At Blackburn, players interchanged positions effectively as defenders were encouraged to go forward and support the attack.

Their first goal arrived thanks to Purrington winning the ball back at the edge of his own box, supporting an attacking move and firing home Williams’ cross in the box.

Although the defender, who has now scored in back-to-back competitive games, feels at home at left-back he is ready to adapt and change where necessary.

Purrington, 23, added: “I've always seen myself as a left-back but, in order to play, you have to be able to adapt into the other positions.

“It's one of those where I have to pick and choose when I could go, and luckily enough it was right place, right time to get the goal.”