Friday, 18 February 2011

Addicks vs Exeter

A bumper crowd is expected for this weekends clash with Exeter.  This is obviously thanks to the club reducing all tickets to a fiver, an excellent promotion to get the fans in to a game that would generally struggle with attendances.  Off the back of this comes the news that Season Ticket prices for next season have been slashed significantly, another welcome move by the Club.  Of course both promotions are to tempt those fans that left into returning in a bid to boost the revenue to assist with the money that needs to be spent on the club over the next few seasons.  Not a bad way to go about things, although clearly the best way to boost business is to improve your current product.  In our case it would be all about improving the team and their performances.

So with 20,000+ fans through the gate we absolutely need to put on a good show.  I can't see many fans wanting to commit themselves to paying up to £375 for a League One Season Ticket if they are not going to be entertained week in week out, so it's essential that we perform.  Exeter have already beaten us this season and are coming off the back of a 2-0 win against Notts County so I am sure they will have plenty of confidence. The reverse fixture at St. James' Park this season was no thriller,  and the only goal came through a penalty when Miguel Llera brought down one of their players inside the box.  No complaints about the penalty, it looked fair enough to me on the day, but it was a woeful display from Charlton.  We couldn't pass, we created very little and we generally looked all at sea.  Not a million miles from our last away performance against Hartlepool.

We have done well at home lately, winning our last three games, and I'm hoping that Chris Powell has everyone fired up ready for this one.  It was a real disappointment to lose the game in hand, but we now have a run of matches against teams in and around the bottom of the table which we must capitalise on.  We are looking for a response from the players.  They will have a stadium full of fans backing them so let's hope they go out and give us all the performance we desperately need to see.

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