CHARLTON boss Nigel Adkins says his side could have “put the game out of sight” following his side’s 4-1 defeat against Wanderers.

Josh Davison put the hosts in front but Dapo Afolayan got the Whites back on level terms on the stroke of half-time.

After the break, Kieran Lee bagged a brace and Antoni Sarcevic added a fourth in injury time to seal a memorable win at the Valley.

“It's a tough one,” Adkins told Charlton TV. “We were very good in the first half and scored a great goal. We could see the way they wanted to play out from the back and we had a really good defensive set-up about ourselves and we’ve gone and scored from that.

“It was a good goal we’ve scored. Sean Clare has intercepted, we’ve countered and Josh Davison was there again. We were really lively and bright and getting down that side of the pitch as well. We could’ve put the game out of sight.

“We’ve conceded bang on half-time. We’ve allowed their wide player to cut inside, we knew he was going to do that, and we’ve allowed him to get a shot off. Macca (Craig MacGillivray) couldn’t save it, he was impeded.

“It was a close, even game for 70 or 75 minutes – whatever it was. They’ve gone and scored and Conor (Washington) could’ve equalised after that when we put him up top.

“To concede and end up with a four against us – a couple of ricochets and deflections – makes it really, really challenging.”

The result leaves the Addicks 23rd in the league table - having taken six points from their opening 10 matches - and Adkins admits they need to improve.

“You’ve got to put the ball in the net,” he added. “You can’t concede four goals at home. We’ve done really well in the first half-hour in particular and in the last 20 minutes, trying to win it,

“We’ve let the game get away from us with some poor goals that have got a couple of ricochets as well. That was the challenging bit.

“We’ve got to do a lot of things better. We’re 10 games into the season now and today there were some real bright moments as well as some really disappointing goals we’ve conceded. The scoreline reflects it all really.

“There’s a lot of disappointment around the whole stadium, it’s fair to say. A football club the size of this shouldn’t be in the position they are right now but the reality is we are.”