Views on all things connected with that little bit of heaven down in London S.E. 7 !
Saturday, 10 September 2011
A Nice Litte Urner
" What's a Grecian urn ? " the old Morecambe and Wise sketch ( ask your dad kids ). Eric is seen here with his own little Ern.
The day has started well with my mate's wife having given birth to Stanley weighing in at a healthy 7lb 11oz at 6.30am. Such is the way these days that a photo of the new arrival was up on facebook within minutes. Let's hope the Addicks can deliver too.
Early in the season but this is a must win game and not least because the oppo arrive short on both confidence and players. With us not playing in the league on Tuesday, defeat today could see us 8 points behind the Blades come Tuesday evening. Not totally disasterous but if you're mounting a promotion challange then you don't want to lose touch.
The Dons, the surprise package of the season, don't look like faltering despite the sale of Baldock to the Hammers. Charlie MacDonald has started well for them. We have to hope for the manager of the month curse to befall Robinson.
There was a very good post from New York Addick on the subs policy earlier in the week. His proposal in not having a goalkeeper sub is a very valid and sensible one it seems to me. He backed up his argument with some stats about the increased options that it gives you which further enhanced that view.
Talking of keepers, I'm not too sure about Hamer's claim that he was impeded on Monday night for the goal unless impeded is a euphemism for " I came, I flapped, they scored ! ". I wasn't sorry to see Lowe leave the pitch but as with most of us I just knew that Morrison was going to score.
We should have won on Monday of course but again that failure to score when we're really on top has hurt us again. We must be more clinical / ruthless in front of goal. We do need to get an experienced striker in on loan leaving aside the issue of whether Benson stays or not. Despite Sir Chris saying he's pleased Benson's still here everything else seems to suggest the opposite and that having fail to sell him he wants to loan him out somewhere.
We badly missed Green on Monday. Wagstaff's crossing was abysmal. It sounds like Green's not available again today which is another big miss for us.
Ketts voiced concerns over Sir Chris's decision making in respect of subs and I think he's right. I do hope he learns fast. The negativity of early season replacements seems to have gone at least. However, it was crying out for something far earlier than 78 minutes on Monday. Ketts also pondered whether the boss's ability to make a game changing alteration and I have to agree. As with the rest of us I do hope the management team are quick learners.
Last year the Grecians spoilt our sales promotion day, let's hope they don't today that we can bag 3 points and that tickets sales have provided a nice little earner.
I saw my first game back in the sixties when my dad took me along on a very wet and windy day. I recall having to turn my back to the pitch because of it.....shame you can't do that sometimes now !
I sit in the East Stand with my lads who both keep the faith.
I live 75 miles from the Valley having moved away from the area in 1984 but my heart has never left !