THE ADDICKS entertained Mk Dons at the Valley and needed to atone following their abysmal display, losing at home to Oxford United on Saturday.

They approached this match as the weaker opponent with the visitor placed above them in 3rd in League One.

Charlton could have been 2-0 up early on. The ball found its way to Charlton’s Adam Matthews on the right. He sped down the right-wing, evading his marker, before unleashing a cross that rolled straight across the goalmouth without a Charlton player insight.

Mason Burton orchestrated the other, sending the ball into the danger zone.  Alex Gilbey mistouched it, witnessing his chance disappear.

News Shopper: Charlton Athletic's Akin Famewo (left) and MK Dons' Theo Corbeanu battle for the ball during the Sky Bet League One match at The Valley, London.Charlton Athletic's Akin Famewo (left) and MK Dons' Theo Corbeanu battle for the ball during the Sky Bet League One match at The Valley, London.

Mk Dons, Connor Wickham, produced a scintillating effort, picking the ball up near the halfway line.  He flew along the right escaping any defender nearby before targeting the goal.  He fired his chance just beyond the crossbar.  

On 41 minutes a goal materialised when Mk Dons Conor Coventry, in midfield threaded a through ball to Tennai Watson rampaging into the penalty area.

He nonchalantly flicked it over the line, sparking celebrations.

After the interval Mk Dons faced their fans who were like a magnet, drawing them nearer.  Wickham headed inside the area culminating from a corner.

Gilbey however was alert by jumping up and sending the ball over the bar.

Wickham was pivotal in making it 2-0 on 59 minutes. He shot directly from just outside the box. Charlton’s goalkeeper Craig MacGillivray though got a hand to it but only in the path of Kaine Kesler-Hayden charging in. From close range, he poked it into the back of the net.

Charlton were unlucky not to creep back into the game when Burstow received the ball yards out only to squander his effort seeing it fly high into the stand.

It was a woeful night and manager Johnnie Jackson admitted that his team needs resilience going forward.

He told CharltonTV: “We need toughness now, we need resilience.

“No one is going to feel sorry for me or the boys in there. 

“The only way you get through these periods is by biting down, working hard and grafting your way through it.”

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