Lose against Rotherham and think of the consequences. Charlton would lose touch with the teams above them in the relegation battle. The protesters of the Card coalition would increase their volume. The sheen of a new manager would be lost.

Win – as the Addicks did, 4-1 – and talk can be of new leaves being turned over, new chapters being written, new confidence surging through the team.

Now Charlton are on a mission. To save the club and put the terrible season behind them.

Simon Makienok accounted for two of the four goals to help shift the south London club from reverse to forward gear.

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“We all knew how important Saturday’s game was,” Makienok told the club’s website . “We have been talking about it all week and it was a six-pointer game.

“We knew that a draw wouldn’t have been good enough; we needed three points to close the gap. It was a massive win and a massive team performance.

“As José said when he came here, he wouldn’t have come if he didn’t think that we could do it. He gave that feeling to us players as well and everybody is believing that we can do it together.”

Rotherham were reeled in and stay 21st. Charlton are 23rd. The team in the middle, one point above the Addicks, one below Rotherham are Bristol City. And guess who are coming to The Valley on Saturday (February 6)?

• Charlton have secured French defender Rod Fanni on loan from Al Arabi SC and striker Yaya Sanogo on loan from Arsenal. Both deals last until the end of the season.