A start as we mean to go on?

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On Saturday, Charlton Athletic will welcome fourth place Fleetwood Town to The Valley, which will be one of the Addicks’ greatest challenges of the season, as the current ambitions for playoff push require a run of victories.

All Charlton fans are well aware that February will be the defining month of our season, where the Addicks will battle a total of six games. Karl Robinson will be asking his team to bring the momentum and hunger from the recent five-game unbeaten run, and specifically the attributes from the heroic 10-men victory at the Macron on Saturday.

Fleetwood Town is arguably our most difficult fixture of the month, a side which has largely overperformed in regards to pre-season expectations under the stewardship of Uwe Rosler. A side which has not received the press coverage they have deserved from their grinding campaign in League One so far, their recent success overshadowed by the top three battle between Sheffield United, Scunthorpe United and Bolton Wanderers.

The Fishermen, a side which has quietly accumulated a total of 12 back-to-back results without defeat!

Our Charlton manager had the following to say in the build-up to the game against Fleetwood.

Robinson will likely field the same side which showed a fighting and spirited performance against Bolton on Saturday. The only addition being on the bench, with the new loan signing Stephy Mavididi finding a seat.

I genuinely believe that the Fleetwood result could set the path for how the month of February could go, a draw could be acceptable if the remaining games of the month are settled in wins. However, a defeat could make the gap between Charlton and the playoff positions too big to close, with the Addicks not being the only side to press with a rapid sprint in the final stages of the season.

Robinson will most likely setup in the following way.

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Substitutes: Mitov, Dasilva, ‎Teixeira, Ulvestad, Jackson, Mavididi, Novak.

The fans and Robinson will expect nothing less than the players in red to win the game to start the month, and the final stages of the season, as a means to go on.

Also a reminder to all fans attending the game on Saturday to pay respects to Liam Meadows in the 29th minute, by conducting a minute’s applause. Further details can be found in the tweet below.

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