Addicks chief Chris demands response after seeing his side under-perform
CHRIS Powell has demanded a response from his Charlton Athletic players against Derby County tomorrow.
The Addicks suffered a third successive defeat on Boxing Day, going down 2-1 at home to Ipswich Town.
The South London club, now without a win in five, will be looking to bounce back when the Rams visit the Valley this weekend.
"I'm certainly not enamoured with what happened against Ipswich, especially in the first period, and we duly got punished," said Powell.
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"It doesn't matter whether you are playing a side down in the lower reaches in the Championship or any team on any given day – if you are not playing to your full capabilities as a team, you get punished and we definitely did in that first 45 minutes or so.
"It wasn't to my liking and it wasn't how we are as a team. It just shows how quickly things can change in this Championship.
"We had a superb run and now we have had three defeats but we have been there before this year and responded – and we need to do that again."
Goals from DJ Campbell and Daryl Murphy put Ipswich in charge against Charlton and although Danny Haynes pulled one back from the penalty spot, former Rams defender Powell had no complaints about the outcome.
"We were beaten by a better team," he added. "I'm not going to make any excuses.
"We were beaten by a team who, in the first 45 minutes, were on the front foot, while we were very loose in our responsibilities and our marking, and very sluggish.
"There was a response in the second half but I knew there would be.
"Ipswich didn't have a chance in the second period but the damage was done and you are always chasing the game.
"You are always trying to get a foothold back into the game and we did with the penalty but the damage was done.
"We were huffing and puffing and trying to put players on but you need to give yourselves the platform to perform in any game in the Championship and we are very up and down. That's the nature of the league."
Powell has called on his side to give the Charlton fans something to cheer about at the end of a largely disappointing festive period.
"Even when we were down this season, the fans have backed us and they will always back the team," said the manager.
"Of course they want to see some chances, they want to see us create and they want to see some endeavour.
"They are all the characteristics that you need in every performance from every player from every team.
"I'm proud of my supporters here at Charlton and we definitely need to give them something against Derby."