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Charlton manager Karl Robinson reaction to the 4-1 win over Northampton

By Matthew Panting

Charlton manager Karl Robinson saw his side brush aside Northampton on Saturday – and then admitted he still wants to bring in two forwards.

The Addicks won 4-1 to make it two wins out of three in League 1 but are still light in numbers.

Asked if he still wanted to sign a striker, Robinson said: “Two, or maybe a wide player and a striker.

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Ricky Holmes was on top form against Northampton. Picture: Keith Gillard
Ricky Holmes was on top form against Northampton. Picture: Keith Gillard

“Sometimes you try and do business with a club who aren’t willing to do business.

“It’s not what we can afford or what we can spend. There’s two or three that I may want.

“I’ve had the same instance with a player a few years ago when he wanted to go to a competitor – and I stopped it.

“Maybe it’s coming around and biting me on the bum, because the same thing is happening again in some ways.

“Sometimes you have to be patient and if it doesn’t happen then we rely on our young players. There’s honesty in young players and that’s what I like.”

Robinson revealed that Ricky Holmes missed training last week with a mystery injury – but he was fit enough to get through 83 minutes at The Valley.

“He has not trained all week,” said Robinson. “We had a scan on him last week. Even the fella who did the scan said he’d never seen that injury in 27 years.

“It is a strange one. I don’t really want to go into detail. He did it crossing the ball with his left foot in training on Tuesday. Only Ricky could get this injury.”

Charlton's Billy Clarke runs at the Northampton defence. Picture: Keith Gillard
Charlton's Billy Clarke runs at the Northampton defence. Picture: Keith Gillard

Holmes and Billy Clarke were unplayable at times as Charlton shone against a Northampton side who looked all at sea.

“We could have scored a lot of goals in the second half,” added Robinson.

“At 2-0 we could have put the game right to bed and we didn’t.

“But we kept on going and when they scored we showed a bit of calmness.

“The way we play is great to watch. I love watching this team play. I get paid to watch that – I’m so lucky and it’s an absolute pleasure.

“I am happy for the fans again that we performed well at The Valley.”

Read the match report from Charlton's 4-1 win over Northampton here

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