Charlton manager Chris Powell felt that Fulham’s 4-0 FA Cup third round win this afternoon was ‘harsh’ on his team.
The Addicks boss praised his players for their effort and endeavour and was left to reflect on some fine saves from David Stockdale that prevented the League One leaders from capitalising on a period of real pressure in the second half. Powell, who described Stockdale as a future England goalkeeper, insisted that his focus would now switch to continuing their push for promotion, admitting that his side paid for their profligacy in front of goal.
I think what today shows you is you have got to be clinical when you get a half chance, that’s the difference between playing at our level, going up one level and playing against a club two levels up as we did today. A couple of goals came after deflections, and there was a penalty which possibly shouldn’t have been a penalty but its gone now.
I felt 4-0 was quite harsh on us today as we did have moments of quality. We did have chances, with David Stockdale making three or four very good saves from Bradley Wright-Phillips, one from Yann Kermorgant and one from Danny Green.
And they ware the moments when you are playing against a team from a higher level that you need to take. Fulham are a very good team. They kept possession very well and have some good players but I felt we did as well as we could do. The scoreline doesn’t reflect what exactly happened today but it was a one-off game, a game we earned the right to get after winning in the first two rounds, but its more about the 22 games that remain for my football club now.