MK Dons 0 Charlton Athletic 1
Not what Karl Robinson would describe as vintage or even a potentially good harvest but a win is a win and Robinson’s first as Addicks’ manager.
We didn’t impress but defended resolutely enough and Ademola Lookman grabbed a fine winner from a superb Andrew Crofts pass in the first half to give us the Boxing Day points.
Needed as much as those 3 points were they won’t mean an awful lot unless we can build on them at Southend on Saturday. The Shrimpers lie 6th and to my mind if we can’t beat them then we have no real claim to be play-off contenders ourselves.
Rather interestingly post match yesterday, and I can’t work out if Robinson planted the conversation or he just doesn’t know when to shut up, but Robinson told the media that he was going to spend the day in the company of Roland Duchatelet in St Truiden and attend today’s match against Standard Leige with him.
Robinson is there to discuss transfer targets and his window plans and has taken with him Richie Barker and somewhat surprisingly Johnnie Jackson.
Amongst other things Jacko is proving to be quite the politician, and after previously acting as peacekeeper and human shield, Robinson now has the the skipper in the role of broker.
I’m a little surprised that this conversation is happening now, just days from the beginning of the window and not earlier and this whole day trip throws up many questions, including what an earth Katrien Meire is and has been doing in preparation for this extremely important window and do we expect Robinson to be offered up a network player or two?
Robinson, rightly, will have quite a shopping list, which includes at least two midfielders and a winger. That list will only get longer when the “President” as Robinson called him lays down his window plans for Charlton first, namely who he plans to cash in.
Oh to be a fly on the wall, or perhaps Johnnie Jackson.