Russell Slade hopes wins can unite troubled Charlton

Russell Slade hopes wins can unite troubled Charlton

Charlton boss Russell Slade hopes his team's 3-0 win against Coventry can help get fans back onside following a mass protest held at The Valley.

Charlton and Coventry fans marched to the ground together in a pre-match demonstration against their respective owners, Roland Duchatelet and Sisu.

And there was a six-minute stoppage in play at the start of the game after home and away supporters threw thousands of toy pigs onto the pitch.

Goals by Ricky Holmes, Ademola Lookman and Josh Magennis saw off the Sky Blues, who remain bottom of League One.

When asked if a run of victories can win back unhappy fans, Slade said: "Yes, this is a great football club - it's got great history and it shouldn't be languishing in League One.

"That's why I've come here to make it right. We're working very hard on and off the field to do that but it doesn't happen overnight.

"There's no quick fix in football. It's a transition but we'll get there."

Throughout the game both sets of fans were chanting "we want Roland out" and "we want Sisu out" - a clear message to their unpopular owners.

Slade added: "Look, protest, that's what we do in this country. We've done it for centuries, whether it's a local protest or a national protest.

"The important thing is that any protest is done in the right manner and there's safety attached to it - and no one's getting hurt and nobody's getting ridiculed for it."

Slade also praised Northern Ireland international Magennis, who started for his country against world champions Germany on Tuesday.

He said: "Josh is a handful for his country and in League One. His work ethic is excellent. You've always got a chance when you've got someone working to the limit that he works at."

Coventry caretaker boss Mark Venus refused to blame his side's defeat on the protest.

He said: "It is what it is - let's talk about the football. Both teams were on the pitch so both teams were able to concentrate.

"That's not an excuse for why we lost the game. We have a few home games coming up and we have to keep believing in what we're doing.

"I thought we created enough chances to score a goal. We got into good positions and it was a pretty alright performance."

Coventry have failed to score in seven of their 13 league games this season, and Venus knows it is a problem.

He added: "It's not going for us up front. We don't know how to score a goal and finish off good opportunities.

"Again the physicality of the league has proven difficult for us. The players don't find our coloured shirt when we put a cross into the box."


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