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Charlton boss Nathan Jones explains how he will address Addicks defensive woes following 2-2 draw with Wigan

Charlton Athletic may have to freshen up their defence this summer, warns boss Nathan Jones.

The Addicks have the sixth-worst defensive record in League One this season, having conceded 62 goals at a rate of 1.44 per game.

Only already relegated Carlisle United (3), have kept fewer clean sheets than Charlton’s five this term.

They were breached twice in the space of four minutes by Wigan Athletic at The Valley on Tuesday evening, a collapse that meant they went from leading in the game to being required to fight back for a point.

Asked how the Addicks’ struggles at the back can be addressed when they have persisted for so long, Jones explained: “It’s either work, or personnel. We’ll do lots of work and if the work doesn’t do it, we’ll change personnel. That’s the only thing we’ll do.

“We’ve got to be better. We lost a few little individual battles and then they broke on us. The two goals, counter attacks cost us twice. They play a certain way. They gamble and we didn’t punish them.

“We created enough to have punished them tonight. If that was 4 or 5-2, no one is moaning. No one is saying you got lucky there because we created lots of chances. But when you don’t put them away, then it’s a 2-2 game and that wasn’t a 2-2 game.

“We haven’t kept many clean sheets this year. This team hasn’t kept many clean sheets. Three managers now and no one has kept clean sheets, me included. That’s something that we need to address, and we’ve got to be better at. I don’t want us to have to score three goals at home to win a football game. In terms of the level of intensity, everything we did I’m really pleased with.

“There were so many parts of the game that were excellent. There were just other things that we’ve got to be slightly better at. Our conversation rate – we had 20 shots today. And making sure we don’t concede two poor goals.”


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