Before their match at MK Dons on Tuesday, Charlton had endured three 3-0 defeats on the bounce and lost a manager. With that vein of form behind them, a 1-0 loss looks like an upturn in their fortunes.
Interim head Karel Fraeye has yet to see a point added to the tally that keeps in the Addicks in the relegation positions and makes his temporary position appear more temporary.
The winless streak now runs to 12 games and the team goalless for more than seven hours. With confidence at a low ebb, Fraeye saw his side buckle when relegation rivals MK Dons scored in the 30th minute through Dean Bowditch.
Johann Gudmundsson was added to the injury list to add to the manager’s woes, with the debut of Ademola Lookman indicating a lack of strength in depth.
Fraeye said after the match: “I thought we started well. We finally started playing football and kept the ball, but after half an hour, their first opportunity went in and that was a mental obstacle for us.
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“In the second half, we tried to push them, but of course, with the injury to Johann and Tony Watt struggling, we ended the game with (effectively) nine men on the pitch which makes it more difficult to push.
"I'm concerned with the lack of chances we created, but the Dons only created their chances after we took a lot of risks and we gave them a lot of space."
Asked if he could turn things around he said: “We just need to find a win, as quick as possible.”
That hunt continues at the Valley on Saturday (November 7, 3pm) against Sheffield Wednesday .