Charlton boss points the finger after Notts County meltdown

11:46 12 March 2012

Charlton boss Chris Powell Pic: Keith Gillard

Charlton boss Chris Powell Pic: Keith Gillard

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Powell says front six must also accept the blame for defensive woes

Charlton Athletic manager Chris Powell says every member of his team must accept a share of the blame following the defensive horror show which saw them concede four goals in 24 minutes on Saturday.

Alan Judge opened the scoring for Notts County with a sublime long-range effort, but the home defence was then caught napping on three occasions to gift Jonathan Forte a first-half hat-trick.

The nature of the implosion led to catcalls from the home supporters, with a number of them aimed at goalkeeper Ben Hamer and his defence, but Powell believes everybody had a part to play in the collapse.

"They win together, they lose together, they draw together. It's all of them. I said that at half-time," Powell said.

"They do it all together. You can't just do it with one player. You can't just blame one player. It's all of them. That is how it has got to be.

"They have got to accept criticism. But also they accept when things go well and they have got to make sure this is a different side. You learn a lot about yourself and you learn a lot about the game and you learn a lot about your character.

"I learnt a lot about my team in the first half and second half, without a doubt. They showed a bit of character. I asked them not to concede any more and I think Notts County had one chance after that."

While it was difficult to fathom the reasons for the first-half display given how strong they have been at The Valley all season, Powell accused his players of arrogance and claimed some thought the League One title had already been secured.

"They are my team and they have been absolutely outstanding this season. Without a doubt if I take that first half away then they have been a team and a squad I'm very proud of," he added.

"But I dont want anyone - the players, staff, or the supporters thinking that we are over the line. Because I think that crept in a little bit.

"We are not there. We have got the points tally we have because we've worked hard to get them and played some good football at times.

"We've had a Plan A, Plan B and Plan C but you can have as many plans as you want. If you dont do the basics right, like in the first period, then you're not going to win any football games."

Discuss Saturday's defeat and performance in a webchat with Charlton Athletic correspondent Iain Liddle at 1pm today.

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