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Charlton Athletic boss: We should have blown Plymouth away in the first...

Charlton Athletic boss: We should have blown Plymouth away in the first 45 minutes

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Plymouth Argyle's Luke McCormick and Charlton Athletic's Josh Magennis battle for the ball

Karl Robinson felt his Charlton side should have claimed three points on the road at Plymouth Argyle.

A second-half brace from the Pilgrim’s Jake Jervis sentenced Charlton to their first League One defeat of the campaign, as they were left to rue a first-half littered with missed opportunities.

Josh Magennis saw an effort tipped onto the crossbar by home goalkeeper Luke McCormick, before Jake Forster-Caskey’s volley was headed off the line as the South Londoners saw numerous chances come and go in the opening 45 minutes.

The hosts took the lead just after the break as Charlton failed to deal with a corner and were happy to sit back on their advantage. The Addicks struggled to create openings after failing behind, and the victory was sealed late on by Jervis’ second following a Plymouth counter-attack.

“We should have won,” claimed Robinson.

“We should have been out of sight in the first-half. We were excellent first-half. The way we moved the ball, the chances we created. It’s okay playing nice football but you’ve got to have an end product. We missed too many chances.

“We knew the only way they were going to score was from a set-piece. We spoke about it all week. They are a massive physical team and we defended everything superbly well. The one that we switch off, we get done at. That’s the disappointing thing. That is how clear it is today. We missed chances, then switched off.

“You can’t question the desire or the play between the two boxes.

“You can’t question the support we had, any of that. Just we didn’t take our chances.

“They had one guy score two goals yet the man-of-the-match was the goalkeeper. That says a lot about it. I can’t criticise anybody. Fair-play to Plymouth, they took their chances when they came along and we never.”

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