Dog-tired Robinson to change principles
A PHYSICALLY drained Karl Robinson admitted he is at the end of his tether with Charlton’s displays – despite seeing his side rally to hold play-off chasing Walsall.
Simeon Jackson missed a sitter but atoned before the break as the Saddlers dominated the first half.
After Charlton levelled through Tony Watt on the hour mark both sides had chances but the game ended level to see the visitors’ wait for their first away win since Boxing Day continue.
The Addicks, meanwhile, have won just once in ten games and Robinson admitted: “I’m exhausted. I think we’re all, even you as the media, are tired of writing and seeing all these games.
“I’m physically tired myself. I can’t ask no more. First half, we were off it, we weren’t great. You can imagine what was said at half-time. But they gave it a go.
“I thought second half we looked a lot better, a lot more in control of the game.
“I know where my problems lie, I know what I have to do, but I have to change my principles in some ways for a short-term effect.”
Jackson sliced Joe Edwards’ cross horribly with Declan Rudd stranded after five minutes.
Joe Aribo cleared off the line two minutes later, before Kieron Morris fired narrowly wide on 17 minutes.
Charlton had a chance after 40 minutes, Eoghan O’Connell’s mistake allowing Ricky Holmes to shoot, but James O’Connor made the block.
But Morris’ speculative ball over the top on 44 minutes beat the offside trap, and Jackson calmly finished to give Walsall a deserved lead.
Charlton equalised on 61 minutes when Aribo recovered possession in the box – allowing Watt to score on his 50th Charlton appearance.
The game then opened up, Watt drawing a save from Neil Etheridge on 75 minutes, before Amadou Bakayoko missed five minutes later as Charlton clung on.
However, Saddlers boss Jon Whitney remains optimistic of rebooting his side’s play-off chase – and noted the budget difference between the teams.
“I’m disappointed not to win, because I thought the first half is probably the best we’ve played at home or away,’ Whitney said. “We created some really good chances, it probably could have been three, four in the first half.
“Let’s just face where we are: their budget is ten times mine. My players’ effort was outstanding so I think the problem is in their camp, not mine.”