Wigan boss Leam Richardson still expects Charlton to be firmly in the League One promotion image despite Saturday’s 2-0 loss, leaving South Londoners languishing on the wrong side of the board.
Tendayi Darikwa opened the scoring in the 88th minute at The Valley before substitute James McClean sealed the result in the fifth minute of the stoppage time.
Richardson, who was asked if Charlton could recover from his poor start to the campaign, replied: “Absolutely. They have a fantastic manager. I know a lot of the staff very, very well – fantastic staff. They have fantastic players. The club speaks for itself, doesn’t it? It’s a big club with a big fanbase. That lot will be up there at the end of the season I’m sure.
“We started the game really well, Charlton came back in the second half – actually – and they came out on the pitch and started dictating things. But we grew towards the end of the game and got stronger. Their goalkeeper made some very good saves. We deserved to go ahead at the end.
“We know how we want to play. We want to improve and be better. I was frustrated with parts of the game but caught up with the outcome.
“Charlie Wyke and Will Keane led the line really well. If you want to be successful on a Saturday, you need everyone. Some guys – Jordan Jones, Callum Lang, and other guys I mentioned – got hit and ran away. For Gavin Massey, James McClean, and Stephen Humphrys to come onto the court next, that kind of finished the job. It is working together and knowing your work when you arrive in the field.
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