Emile Heskey is confident that he can forge the productive strike partnership with Chris Sutton that could yet keep Birmingham City in the Premiership.
Sutton is the tenth 'front-line' foil Heskey has had since making his Blues debut 17 months ago. Although Steve Bruce's team somehow succumbed to defeat on their first start together there were sufficient signs of attacking promise to suggest that the firepower can be found to turn things round.
Heskey said: "It's been difficult playing up front because I've been winning flicks and trying to get on the end of them. And that's been getting me down, of course it has.
"There is a responsibility on the strikers to try to get the goals or create them. We have to take that burden. It's hard when we're creating chances but not taking them.
"I could have had a couple today, and Thomas Myhre made a great save from Chris at the end, but I've shown that I can keep on going. And now I feel Chris Sutton and I can strike up an understanding."
Heskey had only once shared the same pitch as his latest strike partner - in a squad training session early in his England career. But already the signs of a rapport are there.
"He took the pressure off me," Heskey said. "The idea was that he'd try to win the flicks and he won a lot of them, to allow me to concentrate on getting on the end of them and doing things. But he's here to help not only me but the whole club.
"He knows what it's all about. He's won leagues with Blackburn and Celtic. He's a big player who's been there and done it."
Sutton might be more familiar with lifting trophies than deflated dressing-rooms. But Heskey says that the spirit in the Blues camp is willing.
"We have to play like this every week," he said. "If we keep putting in performances like that things will go for us. Something is going to change.
"We have to keep our heads up and believe we can get out of this."
A former Blues player, Bryan Hughes, scored the first goal and set up Charlton's late, killer, second.
He said: "It's difficult for me seeing Blues where they are in the league. And I'm sure Steve Bruce will be disappointed that I scored one and created one. They've got some good players there, all big names, and I'm sure they'll gel in the future.
"I'm probably quite deceptive in the air. Maybe their big lads were looking more towards our big lads and I stole in there. Then, with the second goal, I have to be honest and say it was definitely a question of getting the ball up the field as we were under a bit of pressure.
"I just wanted to get the ball out of my feet and clear it over their last two defenders. But Darren Bent ran on to it and took it really well."