Oh dear !
A rather subdued atmosphere greeted the players as they came out to play each other for the third time of asking this season. Sadly for the Addicks the result was the same as the previous two.
Unfortunately the game was up in the first half as two rather basic errors gifted Rovers the first two goals and their players are clinical and don't need a second invitation.
I doubt anyone would have selected a different side to the one Luzon chose yesterday and the team has responded well to changes in personnel during his tenure to date. However, those changes have largely been forced due to suspension or injury.
A real shame that our defence had a collective off day. In addition, the rest of the team weren't really on it either. Cousins was once again man of the match and that cellar of his must be pretty full by now.
Despite all that we did rally in the second half and had Igor's header gone in or Watt scored then you'd have fancied us to win. As ever the fine margins play a part.
Buyens once again coolly despatched the penalty. I can't remember us having had so many penalties in one season.
Another aspect of this season is that it the only one I can remember where no game has been postponed or cancelled due to bad weather or a cup clash. Odd games have moved a day but not one cancelled or postponed as I say.
Generally I think most Addicks are happy to put yesterday down to a bad day at the office. A real shame for the visiting Belgians in the west stand.
On to Blackpool beach on Tuesday. Going back a few years and the lads could have trained in the sand pit in Upper Belvedere. My one trip to Blackpool for football was the infamous defeat under Pardew and I'm in no hurry to go back.
Good luck if you are going. I expect the lads will be determined to put on a better show than yesterday.
Finally, happy mothers day to all the mums out there !