Saturday's final league home game saw the Addicks turn in a 5 star performance and one that manager Lee Bowyer had been promising for some time.
The team really clicked and some of the play was sublime. Young Albie Morgan confirmed what a prospect he is with a 10 out of 10 display. His pass for Taylor's goal was outstanding and one of many he made. He was only denied by a fine save from Dale's keeper to deny him capping off a fine display with a goal.
Rochdale didn't play well but then again they weren't that bad and I'm not sure that any league 1 side would have lived with us.
The 4-0 scoreline far from flattered us and it could have easily need so much more. Taylor missed three of four chances one of which, an audacious heel flick so nearly came off. As frustrating as he can be he didn't stop running and I'm sure if he could get a goal it can only be good for him.
Should Igor not be fit any time soon then we'll need him and we can only hope he finds some kind of form.
Those four goals allied to a Pompey draw and Sunderland defeat saw us move up to third place. Good news for many reasons not least because your author could not have made either Saturday or Sunday home semi games.
Playing Doncaster is a better prospect than the two aforementioned teams althouh we will need to beat one fo them of course should we get to the final and gain promotion.
The only danger is complancency but I'm sure Lee won't allow that at all. Last year's semi-final defeat ought to serve as a reminder and how much that hurt.
What a remarkable season and achievement 3rd place is. I'm sure we all know that with any half decent backing promotion would already be assured. Sadly, our distant and uncaring owner hasn't lifted a finger.
Given that Bowyer and his team comprising Jackson, Gallen, Avory and many more deserve so much credit. They have ensured that we go into the playoffs in the best possible shape.
There is so much riding on these final games. If we don't go up then one fears for the club next season assuming our Belgian friend is still the owner.
Anyway, let's overlook that and focus on the posistives and look forward to the semi-final games. It could be a marvellous finale to the season.
Last night I was attending the player of the year dinner and it was a fine occasion. It was good to see the ladies team in attendance too.
The award winners are well documented elsewhere and there were many players who could rightly have won.
The fan of the year award went to Chris Thompson aka Ketts aka Dr Kish. It is thoroughly deserved as anyone who reads the Dr Kish blog will know.
Chris is meticulous in his planning for away trips and hasn't missed a game for some time. In addition to that his regular almost daily output on Dr Kish is knowledgeable and insightful. Well done Chris !
Hopefully next Sunday will see us put in another fine performance and set us up nicely for the home semi on Friday 17th ! Tickets are selling well and it should be a cracking atmosphere.
Come On You Reds !
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