Fangs for nothing. Horrible goings on in old London Town.
Oh dear ! It certainly didn't go according to plan did it ? I feel that the laws are silly at best if they mean that the referee must send off the keeper in that situation. However, whatever the rights and wrongs we paid a heavy price for that rush of blood ( see above ! ). Even having commited himself an attempted header from Hamer might have been the better option.
Teams can occasionally play for 30 minutes or so with ten men and emerge with a point or better but for 84 minutes it's a big ask. I admired Sir Chris in his positive approach by retaining both strikers.
Sullivan didn't have the best of games, he was a bit shaky on crosses and was a tad too far off his line for the goal although it was a horrible deflection. He did make a couple of good saves later on to be fair.
The O's should have scored more when they were on top but a combination of poor finishing and officiating allied to resolute defending meant they didn't add to the Spring goal.
We should be encouraged by the determination shown by the Addicks and with better finishing could have come away with a point. This was one occasion when having a keeper on the bench proved useful, ironically the O's didn't have a keeper on their bench.
I understand that the BBC is going to ditch the football league show from next season. From what we've witnessed over the festive period it seems that they may have done so already ! No sign of it last night again or today it seems.
This raises the possibility of ITV taking over the highlights and they make a mess of it with an awful format usually fronted by Matt Smith and his staccato delivery....arghhh !
Anyway onwards and upwards. Like games against Sheffield teams you play one London derby and another pops up straight away ! Back at home tomorrow and let's hope the lads get back on track with three points and a decent performance to start 2012 in good fashion.