Robinson faces defensive headache ahead of Iron visit

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the valley august 2014 4383 2009897

Charlton boss Karl Robinson is facing a defensive selection headache ahead of Saturday’s match against Scunthorpe United at The Valley, with four first choice defenders unavailable to him.

Jorge Teixeira is suspended after being sent off after the full-time whistle against MiIlwall last weekend, while Harry Lennon, Jason Pearce and Patrick Bauer are all sidelined with injury.

With such problems Robinson admits that the Iron, who currently sit second in the League One table, will provide his side with a very tough test.

“Since I came here I think we have only played one game against a club below us in the table. We have played all the top-half teams so our fixtures have been very difficult, no more so than on Saturday.

“It’s a real test and to go into the game with no Lennon, no Teixeira, no Pearce and no Bauer makes it tougher. I’ve never known to have four centre halves out.”

The Charlton boss, who took charge at the Valley in late November following the sacking of Russell Slade, also heaped praise on the Iron and boss Graham Alexander.

“Graham has done an amazing job,” he said.

“To have done what they have done so far this season is outstanding. They have been the pace setters for a large part of the season.

“It’s a long season, it’s hard to stay up there for the duration and we all have dips. That’s not to say that they’re going to have one.

“You have to applaud them for their quality”

The Addicks will also be without Magennis at the weekend who will miss the game with an ankle injury.

Written by Matt Blanchard

Part of the team since 2007, before becoming editor in 2013. Undertaken the role of match summariser during Scunthorpe United live match commentaries for BBC Radio Humberside. Seasonal contributor to football titles FourFourTwo and When Saturday Comes and a finalist at the Football Blogging Awards in 2014.

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