It seems so long ago that Charlton comfortably saw off QPR in a sun-filled south-east London in August.

Who could have foreseen the disaster that would occur after the opening day success?

There were warning signs – and the fact the bookies had the Addicks tipped for the drop was probably the biggest.

But up there too was the reds’ threadbare squad, highlighting a transfer strategy which has been the fans’ biggest gripe.

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Owner Roland Duchatelet made a rare appearance from his office in Belgium to say the club had learned from mistakes over its transfer policy.

He didn’t explicitly say what these were and it would be interesting to know if the sale of “over-the-hill” Yann Kermorgant – who led Bournemouth to the Premier League – was a regret for the Belgian two seasons ago.

Or whether the big money frittered away on released no-hoper Piotr Parzsyszek, was something that made Duchatelet want to turn the clock back.

Because on Saturday – just days after the most recent transfer deadline – those limitations in the squad were again all too obvious.

With Igor Vetokele out the Addicks didn’t have a goalscorer on the pitch. (We’re not counting Reza Ghoochannejhad who has scored five times in 35 appearances.)

When Johnnie Jackson and Jordan Cousins both limped off, the ineffective El-Hadji Ba was brought on alongside Diego Poyet.

If the duo remain out for next week’s clash at Preston then your guess is as good as mine who could cover them on the bench.

All this while the words from Duchatelet in the programme read: “The lesson we learned from this is that we need a larger squad to be able to cope with injuries.”

How has this been redressed? Well, the club has brought in two right-backs. Neither appear to be match fit and are unlikely to muster half a dozen appearances between them.

Fans’ anger at the ownership shows little sign of abating despite Duchatelet’s recent attempts to quell discontent.

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But on the pitch is where arguably there are the most pressing concerns.

Six points away from safety with just 15 games to go, the current position is perilous.

Bright spots against Cardiff include a clean sheet despite the Bluebirds hitting the woodwork twice, and the improved performance of much-maligned full-back Morgan Fox.

But up front there was little in the way of threat, although Simon Makienok performed tirelessly.

Enforced changes may have been the reason Charlton fans did not get the chance to see one potent threat in Ademola Lookman, but much rests on the young man’s shoulders.

Yaya Sanogo did make his debut but showed little signs that his nickname of Sa-nogoal is undeserved.

It’s been over three months since Charlton registered a home victory. On that form, relegation isn’t a possibility, it’s a foregone conclusion.