Charlton boss Phil Parkinson hailed Nicky Forster's courage after the veteran striker fired the Addicks to within two points of the automatic promotion places with a 1-0 win over MK Dons.

The on-loan Brighton striker opened his Charlton account with a clinical 65th-minute penalty to hand the Addicks their first win in four games against flu-ravaged MK Dons.

Parkinson said: "Nicky certainly knows his way around the football pitch - he won the penalty and he's stuck it away. In a big game like you need someone with the courage to put the ball in the back of the net and you never doubt Nicky for courage of taking chances, whether it's a penalty or a chance in open play."

He added: "It was a very professional performance from us - we were organised, solid as a team and we got that all-important goal.

"We've won and it keeps us in a challenging position, but we've got to prepare ourselves mentally to go to the last minute of the last game.

"If we're still in with a shout on the last day then that will be good news for us."

Dons assistant manager Karl Robinson revealed that six of his players had started the match despite suffering from a sickness bug.

He said: "We didn't deserve to lose that game - never mind a draw, we deserved the win.

"Willy (Gueret) has only had one save to make so it's deeply frustrating, we just feel that the football Gods maybe aren't with us this year.

"We had to cancel training on Friday - we had 11 players with a virus, including six players who didn't sleep a wink."

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