Pardew accepts Charlton boos
Alan Pardew understood the reaction to the 2-0 defeat by Bristol City and received support from Gary Johnson.
Last Updated: 22/10/08 1:40pm
Alan Pardew understood the Charlton Athletic fans' reaction to the 2-0 defeat by Bristol City and received support from Gary Johnson.
Charlton's fitful start to the season continued at the Valley on Tuesday night as goals from Lee Trundle and Gavin Williams secured the Robins the points.
The home side were booed off by supporters and Pardew kept his players locked in the dressing room after the game to spell out a few home truths.
"In terms of consistency and levels of performance I am beginning to wonder if it is ever going to come from some members of this side," said Pardew.
"I have voiced that to them and I think there are going to be one or two fresh faces coming in, either from within the squad or elsewhere.
"The reaction of the fans was not anything less than I expected. Whatever anger or frustration they feel we have to accept.
"We have had a lot of very good players leave the squad and some of our signings have worked well and some not so well. I need the support of everybody to be able to turn that around."
Robins boss Johnson has backed Pardew to turn Charlton's season around and believes there is little to separate teams in the Championship.
"It's very difficult to have sympathy for other managers otherwise every time you win you'd want to slash your wrists," said Johnson.
"But Alan is a very good manager and he's got a good team.
"If they had beaten us they'd have been level with us, there's not a lot of difference between top and bottom.
"A couple of wins and you are back up there. Alan knows that and he's the man to do it."
City, last season's losing play-off semi-finalists, are now up to fourth and firmly in the hunt once more.
"I'm excited by our performance," added Johnson. "Psychologically it's nice to be above the line again."