Wednesday, 2 March 2011

4 wins 4 losses

I'm not really sure what's happening with Charlton at the moment.  It would appear that we are on a steady slide which doesn't look like stopping anytime soon.  Despite BWP grabbing a goal after 8 minutes, we just never had the confidence to go on and win the game after the best start in a game with Chris Powell.

We desperately need to bring in a couple of loan players in my opinion, and Benni McCarthy really isn't the answer.  I want to see some pace in our centre back pairing, which probably means Doherty making way for this new face.  I've said before, why not give Matt Fry a shot at it?  I think he had a bit of a knock last night hence why he didn't feature, but if he is fit on Saturday I would throw him in.  His loan deal is expiring again soon and if he looks the part then we can think about renewing it, if not, don't bother, go out and get a centre half who will fit in.  Jenkinson has done pretty well since coming into the team so we are fine for cover in that position once  Bessone is available again.

So with some pace in the defence we need to add someone with a spark of creativity in midfield.  Right now our strikers are living off scraps a bit.  Ok they have been guilty of missing some decent chances, but to be fair to them, they are having to do most of the work themselves right now.  There is nobody who has an eye for a pass or to provide that final ball.  Reid and Wagstaff on the flanks need to offer an awful lot more if they expect to get more games.  Last night I'm told that they were both pretty average and unable to manage to cross or pass the ball with any accuracy and also failed to track back and do their defensive duties.  I have no idea who might be available for loan, but we really do need somebody who is able to sit alongside Semedo and dictate the play a bit.  Many fans were calling for Racon to be brought back into the side, but to be honest I haven't seen him do a great deal more than McCormack did.

So back to Benni McCarthy.  I would stay clear of him myself.  I can't understand why we would want him here knowing that he has let West Ham down consistently with his levels of fitness and his training.  I also read an article today which states he is holding out for a Championship club to come in for him as he doesn't fancy League One.  Hopefully one will take him and we won't see him in an Addicks shirt.

With Saturday looming, Chris Powell has still yet to prove that he is able to get a team to respond with a good result and performance off the back of a defeat.  He must now been feeling the pressure but he really needs to get the team fired up and beat Tranmere convincingly.

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