Sunday, 6 March 2011

A point will have to do.

Should we be happy with a point?  Probably not, but if it means we avoid another loss then I guess we'll have to take it.  The play-offs are starting to look like a pipe dream and unless we put some kind or run together soon we are going to miss out.  After some dismal all round displays we went back to only turning up for one half today.  Unfortunately we also gave away yet another soft goal with some very sloppy defending. 

Francis proved again that although his attacking play can be decent, when it comes to his defensive duties, he is far too casual.  His lack of focus ensured the ball was cheaply taken off him and put Showunmi through on goal with only Rob Elliot to beat.  The Tranmere striker did the necessary and we found ourselves a goal down.  I can't just single out Francis for criticism.  The entire team were just way off the pace again, but Tranmere's negative tactics (see Marco's Blog for all the gory details) were not doing much for their own attacking play, they didn't look like scoring until it was handed to them on a plate.

Second half there was some improvement.  We created some decent chances, had a bit of bad luck with some decisions and were also guilty of wasting the ball when we had done some good work.  Our equaliser came after about 10 minutes into the second half.  The referee in what must have been a rare moment of clarity, awarded us a free kick in Llera territory.  He duly stepped up and found the back of the net courtesy of a deflection and we were all square.  Tranmere were limited to the odd counter attack for most of the second half as we pressed but due to a mix of poor final balls and poor refereeing decisions we were denied the winner that our second half performance deserved.

We are now 7 points from the play-offs with what has turned into an exceptionally important match against MK Dons on Tuesday.  We need to walk away with all the points or the lead they have over us stretches into double figures which would make catching them extremely difficult.  The Dons will be up for the fight knowing a win starts to cement their own place in the top six.

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for the mention and the link.
    M

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  2. Tranmere were cynical and awful to watch but the truth is that this is the third division, and teams play like that here. Tranmere, poor club that they are, have been here many years doing exactly that. We are going nowhere until we can adapt and come to terms with dross like Tranmere.

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  3. @ Marco - No problem

    @ Anonymous - Charlton have always played poorly against the poorer sides. For as long as I can remember we always perform better against the bigger clubs. But, Tranmere's tactics were not typical of many of the other teams that we have seen over the last couple of seasons in this division. In my opinion Tranmere came to ruin the game, I can't say that has been a regular feature in the games I have seen over the past 18 months or so.

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