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Reed vows to fight on despite Cup humbling

Les Reed maintains he never considered his role as head coach in the fall-out from another low point in Charlton's season this week.

The Addicks head into tomorrow's game at Middlesbrough some five points behind their hosts, who are currently 17th in the Premiership.

Defeat to lowly Wycombe in the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup was hardly ideal preparation for a hectic festive schedule which could well shape the remainder of their campaign.

However, despite a 'long conversation' with the chairman and chief executive into the early hours of Wednesday morning as fans outside the stadium chanted for his dismissal, Reed insists he is the man to turn things around.

'There was never any question of me considering my position and there was never any question of us discussing that,' the former technical director of the Football Association said.

'Our conversation was purely to highlight the problems we have got and how to move forward going into the next few games and the January transfer window.

'The chairman has total support for me and my staff to enable us to get to that point.'

Reed, who took over from the sacked Iain Dowie in mid-November, added: 'I am not going to blame anyone.

'The job needed doing under very difficult circumstances and the chairman had the confidence to chose me, so I am going to give it my best effort.

'I get disappointed sometimes with the criticism.

'I think it is unfair given the circumstances - but I am not going to bleat on about that because I knew what I was taking on so I have got to dig in and do it to the best of my ability.'

Reed is looking for a response at the Riverside Stadium.

'It hurt the players,' said the Charlton boss, his team booed from the pitch on Tuesday night. 'We talked about it after the game and we will talk about it again before the Boro game to ensure it motivated them to do better.

'We have to take notice of what the fans are saying. They are not happy, but I know if we prove we can fight, then they will get back behind us.'

Jerome Thomas (virus), Darren Ambrose (knee), Dennis Rommedahl (foot), Hermann Hreidarsson (Achilles) and Radostin Kishishev (calf) all face fitness tests.

Midfielder Andy Reid (hamstring) is a major doubt, while captain Luke Young (knee) will miss the whole of the Christmas period.