and indeed they are !
Whilst the coach passes Toddington, the official coach ( seen above ) will finally be completing its tour of S.E. London and starting to head north.
This independent travel could threaten the club’s service but that’s perhaps not surprising as they don’t have a good record with coaches do they ?
On to our first visit to Highbury Stadium to face The Cod Army…..let’s hope we batter them !
Fleetwood is up in Lancashire of course just up from Blackpool which in
football terms is as about as miserable as it can get for Charlton fans……….I’m still having therapy from the game there when Pardew was in charge…..what a dire weekend that was !
However, as we’ve not played TCA yet we remain ( for the moment at least ) undefeated there ! That’s something Fleetwood can boast this season aside from an EFL Cup loss on pens to Leeds.
Fleetwood’s impressive start to the season has seen them rise to third under manager Uwe Rosler. I’m sure we all remember him and if you’re going tomorrow be sure to give him a cheery wave ! Let him know that Big Bob sends his regards !
A while ago the chairman set out on a policy on self-sustainment with striking parallels to our own. The exception being of course that they’re seemingly making a success of it.
Last week’s break has given Mr Slade plenty of time to work with the team and embed all the new arrivals. Ahem ! Well, yes the transfer window wasn’t a resounding success and we missed out on a couple of players.
However, holding onto Lookman was paramount and that we appear to have knocked back a couple of hefty bids if good news. Tex is still here of course and that too is welcome news assuming he is up for it and gives it his all.
There’s the obvious danger that either or both may be gone come January but let’s not think about that for now. Lookman must be fully rested and fit now and must start games. He is capable of doing serious damage at this level and thus ought to be integral to Mr Slade’s plans.
One and possibly the only benefit of a closed transfer window is that no one is going anywhere ( unless contracts get cancelled of course ! ). This ought to bring a stability of sorts.
In defence we are overloaded with options and the competition for places ought to be intense. However, it shouldn’t be to the extent that we see Solly playing in midfield again !
Midfield remains a problem especially as we missed out on free agent Flamini ! If Lookman is played there then he will add something whilst new signing Ulvstad will improve things but will need to prove himself.
There are issues up front too as we are struggling to play to Ajose’s strengths. Banging long balls upfield certainly isn’t going to help ! One hopes that’s been addressed in the last fortnight. We really need him to recapture last season’s form.
If we are to mount any kind of challenge at the right end of the table the we need to win tomorrow but it won't be easy !
Come On You Reds !