As expected Lee Bowyer rang the changes for the first round FA Cup match v Plymouth. A first start for Maddison with Barker, Levitt, Aneke, Williams, JFC and Maynard-Brewer all returning.
The manager rightly took the opportunity to get some minutes into players like Maddison. It'd be great to have him up to speed and to add to the quality and competition for places. Despite a seemingly good start Marcus failed to impress Bowyer too much with the gaffer demanding more effort from him in his post-match comments.
Maddison was in good company as Bowyer didn't have too much praise for the majority of the team.
Lee Bowyer clearly isn't too fussed about us progressing in the FA Cup saying that we aren't going to win it. Clearly he's correct and in any other year I might like to see us go for it a bit more. However, as of next week we'll be two games behind and the possibility of further postponements due to the virus we don't need further fixture congestion.
As it is any team progressing to the latter stages of the competition will continue to play in empty stadiums. No doubt The FA will insist on the semis and the final be played at an empty Wembley should the crowd situation no change. An utter nonsense of course.
The Charlton boss is absolutely spot on with his comments re the ludicrous Papa Johns trophy. A meaningless competition that shouldn't be played in the most normal of seasons let alone this one.
Fans voted with their feet in previous seasons when they could attend and surely only a handful of fans will purchase Valley Pass for this Tuesday's game.
We have a break form league action that allows the injured hopefully get themselves ready the return of the league. It's pretty relentless and we will need all players available.
Hopefully, we can re-arrange one of the Ipswich or Rochdale games for Saturday 28th November.
Not being able to go to games is so frustrating and now we find ourselves with no league game until Saturday 21st November when we travel to play the odious Steve Evans Gillingham. I'm sure Lee will be looking forward to seeing his old mate again!