Karl Robinson admitted that his side turned in a poor performance during the 1-0 defeat at Blackpool – and says that the buck stops with him.
The Seasiders’ deservedly secured their first home league victory in five months as Jimmy Ryan fired past a stranded Ben Amos in second-half injury time.
It was a third consecutive defeat for the South Londoners, who are now five points shy of the League One play-off places.
The Addicks struggled throughout – and Robinson put his hands up following his side’s display.
“I thought we were poor,” he said.
“People may say you were unlucky to concede late on but I think they deserved it. I have to take responsibility – I’m the manager. I don’t mind fingers being pointed at me. Even though we’re still in a better position than we were but I think because of how we started the expectation levels have been risen so high.
“There’s no point in me turning around the blaming the referee or whatever it may be, It’s my fault. You’ve got to stand here and be honest sometimes. When it’s not going right there’s no points hiding behind a rock and start pointing fingers. Ok, would any manager be able to deal with the amount of injuries we’ve got? But fundamentally, I have to take responsibility.
“We have to stick together. The season is nowhere near over. We looked for seven points out of the week but we can only take three now. We’ve failed.
“We had probably the best chance. I’m saying that we weren’t great but I don’t think I can really remember them missing a chance tonight.”
Robinson also issued an apology to the 264 travelling Addicks supporter after failing to acknowledge them at full-time.
“I have to make an apology,” he added.
“ I did something I haven’t done for a long time. I didn’t clap them and that’s poor from me. I sat in the dressing room and the penny dropped. That’s not me. We thank them for the support constantly. We have to take the criticism from them. They do what they do to come and support us and we’ve let them down, with me at the helm of that. As a manager you can never shirk and I never have and never will.”