Charlton Athletic boss Karl Robinson backs Norwich City to ‘be a real force’ in the Championship during the 2017-18 season
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Charlton manager Karl Robinson has backed Norwich City to succeed in the Championship this season.
The Addicks were beaten 2-0 by Daniel Farke’s developing team in a friendly at The Valley on Tuesday night, thanks to goals from Yanic Wildschut and Steven Naismith.
Robinson, who led the Addicks to a mid-table finish in League One after taking over mid-season, was impressed with the Canaries as the start of the campaign closes in.
“If we were to beat Norwich they probably would have played an awful lot less of their strongest 11, we want their strongest 11 to come here, I don’t think their strongest 11 outplayed us really,” the Charlton boss said.
“You look at (Harrison) Reed from Southampton in midfield, (Steven) Naismith in midfield, (Nelson) Oliveira who is a top striker, a top, top striker, Cameron Jerome coming on, (Yanic) Wildschut down one side – they’ve got so many good players in that team that you know they’re going to be a real force this year in the Championship this season.
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“Josh Murphy, who I know very well from my MK Dons days, he’s a top talent as well, so they’ve come here really with a very good team and we’ve been tested.”
Robinson felt referee David Rock should have awarded a penalty when Michael McGovern appeared to bring down Ricky Holmes shortly before half-time, but overall was happy with his team’s efforts.
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“I thought we were very good in the first half,” he continued. “All their main players have taken the field. With the players we had out I think we looked a very good team at times.
“Not great, but then we are not going to look great against Norwich. The higher the level goes the less you’ll be great, you’ll just be good, if that makes sense.
“I thought we moved the ball efficiently, I thought we pressed well. I thought we looked compact. I don’t think they had many chances.
“Their goal came from slight error from Barnsey (Aaron Barnes) but that’s part of his learning. It was a great finish by Wildschut to put it in that far corner.”
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