Where Charlton Athletic are going to get the points to lift themselves out of trouble, nobody is quite sure – but it certainly wasn’t going to be across London at Fulham, fellow strugglers who pulled themselves out of Championship trouble courtesy of the Addicks.
Charlton had their chances but took none where as Fulham helped themselves to three goals from three corners and made for an easy-on-the-eye scoreline for their fans. On-form Tom Cairney scored two and Michael Madl finished off the game without reply in the second half.
Charlton players such as Simon Makienok and Johann Gudmundsson showed there was more life to his side than their position suggested however Charlton have won had just won one league win since the end of November and the ability to take points has just drained away from them.
Manager Jose Riga’s reassurance of survival is becoming more threadbare with every recitation. After the game he said: “The reality is that I’m not sure we deserved to be behind at half-time. We got the first opportunity but we know that set-pieces are very important.
“We concede three times from set-pieces, so that was the main problem.
“We are disappointed, we all are, but I have something to take from the game because at some parts of the game we were doing well. I still believe and still hope that we can find a solution.”
Charlton have a much inferior goal difference to Bolton, who share 25 points, but the aim will be to reel in the MK Dons, the only other contender in a four-team scrap to avoid the drop.