Lee Bowyer reflected on a disappointing night at The Valley as his side lost 2-1 to Burton Albion.
Jayden Stockley’s first half goal was cancelled out by Michael Fondop in the first half before Danny Rowe’s deflected shot sealed the victory for the visitors.
"We started very well. The change of shape worked. We played the right personnel,” Bowyer told Charlton TV's Valley Pass Live. “We caused them a hell of a lot of problems, deservedly scored first. The disallowed second goal, we felt was onside. That was a big, big decision.”
“Did we deserve to lose the game? I don’t think so.” Bowyer continued.
“We've fallen short and come away losing to a team down near the bottom - that can't keep happening. I'll always look at myself. I'm disappointed."
Burton’s winner came from a long-range strike which deflected off the arm of Ben Watson and Bowyer said that once again the Addicks were unlucky to concede from a long-range effort.
“There’s things I cannot control. We’ve conceded freak goals this season. The same happened against Gillingham, even today that last goal was the same," he said.
When asked about his teams’ performance, Bowyer said: “At times players take their foot off the pedal and think it is too easy. I see our players take their foot off the pedal too many times. You have to be at it from first to the last or things like that can happen to you. Basic defending is costing us at the moment. The second goal we couldn’t control, but the first one we should have dealt with.
"I will never make excuses. I'm the one who takes praise when we play well and when things don't go well I'm the one to take criticism."
Charlton host Blackpool at 3pm on Saturday, the fixture will mark the clubs annual academy day.