Charlton fans will be bitterly disappointed with the 2-1 loss to Millwall on Saturday as Matt Smith’s late, injury-time winner left Lee Bowyer’s side without a win in their last four matches.
Shaun Hutchinson was first on the score sheet in a tightly contested south London derby, but Jonathan Leko responded with an equaliser just after half time.
It looked as though the point would be shared until substitute Smith headed in the winner with just minutes left in the match.
The result has seen Charlton drop down to 11th position, despite occupying the play off places in recent weeks and the Addicks have picked up just one point from a possible 12 in their last four.
A blistering start to the season means Bowyer’s side are still just six points from 6th placed Bristol City and the Charlton manager will be determined to push for the play offs after the international break.
With a number of Charlton players in action over the international break, these players will need to prove themselves whilst representing their countries this week.
31-year-old Bream Kayal has struggled to make an impact at Charlton after joining on loan from Brighton over the summer.
The Israeli central midfielder has been in and around the squad over recent weeks, making two starting appearances in the last four fixtures.
Kayal played well on his starting debut against Birstol City, completing three successful dribbles and breaking up the play for his team.
But Kayal has failed to impress since and didn’t play well on his second starting appearance against Preston last week after being dispossessed easily and only completing 68% of his passes.
Kayal has performed well when on international duty this season, scoring one in four appearances for Israel so he may use this opportunity to increase his game time and impress ahead of his return to Charlton.
The Senegalese international has been a consistent figure in the Charlton squad of late and has looked to build a number of consistent performances in recent months.
But the 26-year-old centre back has been singled out after last weekend’s 2-1 loss to Millwall for making errors leading to the injury-time goal.
Sarr also had a poor game in the previous match against Preston whilst playing at left back as he made no successful tackles and was dribbled past once and was subbed off at half time, highlighting his vulnerability in this position.
Sarr could be making his debut for Senegal this week after earning his first call up and he will be eager to put these two recent performances behind him to reclaim his good form from earlier in the season.