CHARLTON Athletic boss Karl Robinson said “all the talk in the world is meaningless” when asked about the Addicks’ failure to beat Millwall in almost 21 years.
The Lions stretched their unbeaten run against Charlton to nine games with December’s 3-1 win at The Den (above). Millwall haven’t lost to Charlton since going down 2-0 in a Division One game at The Valley in March 1996.
Millwall’s longest unbeaten run against their south London rivals is 14 games, between 1922 and 1930.
Robinson was questioned about the current sequence in a press conference on Thursday before telling local media: “Let’s put this right. How many years did we not play them for? Sometimes it can be a little bit…we’ve not beaten them for a long time, we get that, we understand that.
“But every run comes to an end, every run. So we want to be the ones to do that. They’ll know how important it is, they’ll want to keep the run going, we’ll want to break the run.
“All the talk in the world is meaningless. Before the last game a lot of talking was done and we didn’t perform to the best of our ability so it was a waste of time in some ways.
“But we’re in great form, seven points out of nine. I know they’re in good form as well coming into this game but all we can do is worry about ourselves.
“There will be four or five changes certainly from the last time we played them. Hopefully we’ll get it right this time for our fans.
“We’re proud to be associated with this football club and we know what his fixture means. Yow saw automatically after them beating Bournemouth the first club they mentioned was us. That just shows you how big the game is.
“Derby games are brilliant and it’s why our game is probably the best game in the world because of these atmospheres we can create. It’s going to be bitterly cold (weather) but the atmosphere will be really warm and hostile coming up to three o’clock on Saturday.”
Meanwhile, Robinson arevealed former Charlton and Leeds United player Lee Bowyer has been working with the club’s midfielders this week ahead of Saturday’s clash.
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