Last weekend’s 5-1 away defeat to Stoke City saw Grant McCann’s side drop to 21st in the Sky Bet Championship and also extended their winless streak to eleven league games.
The Tigers have the chance to end that frustrating run against an Addicks side that are just one place and two points below them in the table and have won just one of their previous 15 games on the road, with Elder eager to make amends for what was a disappointing team performance at the bet365 Stadium last time out.
“There’s been a real focus in training this week,” he said.
“We need to hit the ground running on Saturday. Everyone needs to know their roles because it’s the biggest game of our careers. You only have to look at the league table to see just how big a game it really is.
“We find ourselves in a really difficult position because of our form over the last two months but we have to meet it head-on for the last nine games of the season now – starting with Charlton.
“We need to acknowledge, recognise and embrace the situation we’re in. We can’t let pressure affect how we perform though.
“We’ve had some good sessions this week and our preparation has been good but we know we need to go out and perform to the best of our ability.
“We’re the home side and we owe the fans a really good performance. It was hard to walk off the pitch past the supporters at Stoke last weekend. They travelled in their numbers to support us, and we produced what was a really disappointing performance.
“It wasn’t good enough whatsoever and we know that we need to make amends this weekend – and that is exactly what we’ll be looking to do as we go in search of what would be three very important points.”
Looking ahead to the challenge he and his team-mates will face against Lee Bowyer’s side, Elder added: “Charlton are in a similar run and position to ourselves but our main focus has to be on us and our own performance.
“As I’ve said, we need to work hard to give ourselves a stronger platform to build on. We’ve conceded too many early goals during this run and we know that is an area where we need to improve.
“We need to make sure we compete in all areas of the pitch and do our jobs. That’s the main thing because we know if we reach the standards we’ve hit on numerous times this season, we can get the result we want and need.
“It’s a game that everyone in the camp is bang up for and if that wasn’t the case then we shouldn’t be professional footballers – it’s as simple as that.
“I can assure everyone that all of us in the changing room – players and staff – are ready and raring to go and we know we have to go out and deliver a performance worthy of winning the game.”