They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing twice and expecting a different outcome. That sprang to mind last night as I saw that Appleton had picked the same starting eleven that failed to get a result against a lowly and poor Carlisle side on Saturday.
Having appeared rather lacklustre in recent games, Leaburn amongst others could count himself lucky to retain his place. Accepted that the do date unproven Tedic is currently his only threat, he was still fortunate.
However, perhaps he is unfortunate as had he not started he probably doesn’t sustain the injury that saw him subbed for the aforementioned in the first half. It doesn’t look good and we may be without him for another prolonged period.
Opportunities have been limited for our City loanee and those that have come along have seen him playing wide right, not his favoured position. Of late, he’s barely set foot on the pitch.
I’m not sure what some fans were expecting but unsurprisingly he didn’t go bag a hat-trick. However, he did no worse than many others.
Cue the almost inevitable comments dissing his performance. I’m not sure why he can’t be afforded the same latitude as many other players.
It is what it is I guess. I’m not saying he’s good or bad, I can’t as I haven’t seen enough of him. However, give him some game time on a decent run and we can then make an educated judgement.
Quite why Louie Watson didn’t come straight back into the side is a mystery whose answer is known only to our manager.
Clearly, Mickey’s poor team selection isn’t restricted to the FA Cup!
The opening goal was another one to add to the album entitled “ Charlton’s awful defending leading to goals Season 23/24! “.
The marking was non-existent and why AMB didn’t come for the ball is anyone’s guess. Maybe, like Cinderella, he was waiting for an invite.
Thankfully, we managed to turn things around and secure a win over Cheltenham courtesy of two well taken penalties by May.
Contrary to what the manager said post match on Saturday, I still don't think the draw against Carlisle was a good point!
That we didn’t score from open play against another lowly team ought to be a cause for concern. Again I’d question CBT’s decision making. He appears to be looking to score worldies as opposed to taking option of squaring the ball to a teammate.
It’s back to cup action on Saturday with the Gills away our “reward” for overcoming Cray Valley! Huge potential for egg on face all other embarrassment aside. We need to get the job done no matter what or how.
At a minimum, the manager must select the strongest side. We all know roughly what that is, sadly he doesn’t seem to!
Fingers crossed that we can win as it would be nice to go into the third round draw dreaming of getting a plum home tie!