Wednesday, 30 April 2014
Monday, 28 April 2014
An unusual midweek end to the home season tomorrow and it couldn't carry more importance. I'm sure even the masochists amongst us want to see this season put to bed tomorrow night with one last win.
Recent Tuesday nights have been good to us. All we are asking for is one more Tuesday victory do that we can all relax and those travelling to the seaside at weekend can really enjoy the experience.
The emergence of late of Sordell means that he is now our biggest hope of scoring the goals for potential salvation. He is a player transformed as he has finally shown us what he is capable of. I'd partner him with Obika tomorrow for the physical presence that I believe we lacked on Saturday.
Hopefully Solly is fit enough and I'd like to see Wilson come into right midfield. Skip won't want to miss out may go left side midfield although I'd start with Harriott's pace as we need to be on the front foot. However, I don't expect much of what I'd like to be realised.
Watford find themselves out of play-off contention having sadly missed out in last season's final against Palarse. One would hope that they won't be too up for it. Being a pessimistic ba**ard I'm thinking they'll be relaxed and play with freedom.
They have a few injuries and one defender suspended from the weekend but I fear it won't make any difference. I hope I''m wrong.
We all need to be positive tomorrow. Getting on the players backs only adds to tension and nervousness. Total support throughout the 90 minutes is vital not least because if we don't get a result we need these players to go and do the business on Saturday.
Come On You Reds !
Sunday, 27 April 2014
Friday, 25 April 2014
I'm not a fan of categorising games and the decision to make this a " gold game " was silly and looks even more so now. I bet there are many season ticket holders with unused free ticket vouchers. We need support more than ever and that aside, a few extra people would have spent more money. I doubt you'd persuade many to come along on Tuesday.
Monday, 21 April 2014
Sunday, 20 April 2014
Thursday, 17 April 2014
- wrong team
- poor performance
- poor opposition
- poor luck
- poor officials
Monday, 14 April 2014
Finally, after a very long wait we get to play Barnsley tomorrow night. As everyone will recall the original game was postponed again as a result of our shocking pitch. At the time the Tykes were in a shocking run of form and there was every reason to assume we would have won. Sadly things are a tad different now and there is real pressure on the outcome for both teams.
Following a rather abject performance on Saturday Jose Riga will be expecting a lot more from his players. It's been a long and frustrating season and the recent schedule of twice weekly games must be taking its toll. However, the team simply has to get itself up for this one and strain every sinew to get a result. Another 1-0 win for us will do fine.
The one bright spot from Saturday was the return of Solly. It is to be hoped that he's fit enough for tomorrow evening. His return will, of course, allow Wilson to push forward into right midfield. That is, if Riga chooses to play him there. I think most Addicks would want to see him do so.
The defence and midfield is likely to be pretty unchanged save for Wilson as mentioned. It's up front that's difficult to predict as those selected change from game to game. That's not just from the starting eleven but the the squad. Some players have started, played the full ninety even and then not featured at all in the next game. I'm not sure if this is with the aim of keeping players keen and resting them or Riga just doesn't know who his best forwards are. My heart will sink if Church is involved in any way. No offence but we need goals not just endeavour however honest it may be.
I still believe that Petrucci has something to offer and would like to see him on the bench at least. We may need the creativity that I feel he can offer later on in the game.
One senses a tight and nervy affair. Of course we'd love to see the lads go into a comfortable lead early doors but we simply don't do comfortable do we ! In any case I'd be very surprised if we witness anything like the 5 goals we saw in the last home game.
A win tomorrow is a massive step towards safety but you just know that it won't be that straightforward - this is Charlton after all ! We really need everyone pulling together tomorrow and giving total support. Please God that we can get those vital 3 points.
Come On You Reds !
Thursday, 10 April 2014
I rather like Sussex. It's got good coastal resorts and fine towns. One of my earliest memories is of trip to Brighton for the London to Brighton car rally, a good day as I recall.
A trip to Rye was always part of the family holiday as was another to Camber Sands. In more recent times trips to Worthing and Brighton itself, usually for the comedy club, have been frequent events.
Football related trips have involved Lewes F.C. and watching them at the magnificent Dripping Pan ground. There you can take in the football whilst having a lovely pint of Harveys on the terraces.
Last year I saw Sussex play the Aussies at Hove over a long weekend and it was rather splendid.
I'd recommend a visit to Lewes if you're going on Saturday and head for the Gardeners in order to quaff a few pints of the aforementioned Harveys.
Saturdays offers up another tough game not least because it isn't Tuesday ! Brighton have just convincingly beaten the Champions elect away and are pushing for a place in the play-offs.
The Seagulls count one Dale Stephens amongst their number following his move during the transfer window. Despite the fact that I don't feel he's been greatly missed you can safely assume that he'll score.
Our last Saturday game saw Jose shuffle the pack a little with an eye on the Yeovil game I believe. I'd like to think he'll resist the temptation to do so again however loud Church's somewhat vacuous complaints are.
We do need to win on Tuesday and yes, to a degree it is more important, vital even that we win that one. However, I feel we ought to try and get what we can from this match. A point would be great and anything above that, out of this world.
Morrison is about as much a full back as I am a tee-total vegetarian and I trust that we won't find him in the right back berth again. He should be reunited with Dervite in central defence and almost anyone else should be there, possibly Wilson with a mask if he is able to play as such.
Good luck to all travelling, have a great day and I hope you are rewarded with a good game and a point or three.
Come On You Reds !
Wednesday, 9 April 2014
Monday, 7 April 2014
The seemingly never ending run of twice weekly games is starting to take its toll. Sod the players, it's us bloggers that are under real strain !
The challenge to keep commenting on these games is becoming a real strain.......I'm start to flag and I'm not sure I can meet the demands of making sharp observational, witty and incisive comment on such a frequent basis. Hammering away at the keyboard into the wee hours..........it's tough going !
What can one say that is original..............Simon Church is prolific ! How about that ? I've certainly not seen that written elsewhere.
My brief reflections on Saturday are as follows :-
- We played some good stuff in the first half - not so good second
- We deserved a draw as I didn't think the Royals were better than us
- Reading are a physical side who look as though they're aiming to get promotion in the style of Stoke City and Hull City
- The referee was awful
- The east stand lino's performance was awful too ( was his brother on the line at the Etihad on Saturday ? )
- Church wasn't great and neither was Harriott best summed up when someone observed he was more like Ainsley Harriott !
- Drenthe was shocking, couldn't make a decent pass.........Spanish football's loss....... !
The Glovers are another team who felt it prudent to send one of their loan players back Forest. Miller has followed Tudgay back to the City Ground. It would appear that his attitude was not very teamy and Gary Johnson barely had time to tell him where to go as he walked out of a conversation.
Miller's absence has given a greater opportunity to Tom Lawrence who scored in Saturday's win over Blackpool. Lawrence is quite a good prospect and will need to be well marshalled on Tuesday evening.
As far as our strikers are concerned then I think we need Obika to start possibly with Reza alongside him. Reza struggled to get into the game on Saturday but it should be different against Yeovil.
I think Petrucci is a better player than he is being given credit for. Some are writing him off after two substitute appearances in the first of which he looked quite good and skilful to me. I hope Jose shares my view.
I don't think Jose will make many changes to the starting eleven as he hasn't done so upto now. A bit of minor tinkering seems to be the way and certainly the defence is unlikely to be affected.
We really need to win these next Tuesday games and I hope that everyone including us fans are all up for it despite our collective tiredness.
Come On You Reds !
Thursday, 3 April 2014
After three games on the road we return to SE7 on Saturday. Saturdays and home games haven't gone too well for us in the last couple of seasons. Tuesdays of course are a different matter.
Reading, like our previous two Saturday opponents, Burnley & Derby, will provide a tough test. This is not least because of the quality of the players in their squad but their away form is very good.
Since our last Valley appearance the two wins at Forest and Leeds have made things look a bit better. I felt we played reasonably well ( second half at least ) last Saturday against a very good Derby side. To an extent we were masters of our own downfall there with that killer second goal.
Of course our sole remaining French player ( they're disappearing like les gateaux chaud ! ) Dervite didn't play at Derby but made a fine return in midweek. He has had a fine season in one which has been awful of course but would have been an awful lot worse if it weren't him and a few others.
To get any points out of the Reading game would be a tall order in the normal run of things but given our current run of 2 games a week, it's an order of Peter Crouch proportions. However, we know that with good backing our boys raise their game and we must hope they can.
It's to be hoped that Reza can take a lot of confidence from his glorious strike on Tuesday. Clearly he has something albeit that upto then it wasn't clear to me and I really had my doubts. I pray that it's not a flash in the pan.
Ben Hamer deserves a mention as in the last couple of months he's been in the best possibly of his career but certainly in his time with us. All credit to him as there realistically is no pressure on him as to any challenge for the number one position. Ben appears totally focused and driven.
Anything from Saturday will be fine and we can accept a defeat as the real crunch games await on the next two Tuesdays. As I said with good backing we have a chance let's hope the atmosphere needs to be spot on.
Come On You Reds !