Thursday, 6 October 2011

Charlton crash out. But who cares?

Brentford dumped Charlton out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy last night in a pretty dire performance from the Addicks at The Valley. I watched the game on Sky, it was by no means a thriller. Brentford obviously cared about winning, Charlton were just about going through the motions. The side beared little resemblance to that which beat Sheffield United on Saturday with Powell making numerous changes.

Brentford scored after two minutes when Gary Doherty gifted them the opportunity. Instead of cushioning a header back to keeper John Sullivan, he gave it straight to the opposition who took their chance well. Sullivan saved the initial shot but couldn't do anything about the rebound.

If the fringe players are looking to break into the first team, then they didn't do much of a job of convincing the manager. Gary Doherty was pretty woeful throughout the game and Andy Hughes looked almost as bad. We finally got a chance to see Mikel Alonso in a red shirt and we found that his passing was poor, he couldn't control the ball and his tackling left a lot to be desired. A particularly clumsy one gave the visitors a penalty, which they duly converted to make it two nil before half time.

After the break, nothing much changed. Although there was a slight improvement for 10 minutes but there was no attacking threat from Charlton. Brentford passed the ball better, they closed us down better, they looked more dangerous with the ball. The Charlton players were just not interested.

Brentford finally killed the game off on 60 minutes after some hapless defending. The linesman raised the flag for what seemed like offside but after the goal went in, he had a chat with the ref and the goal was given anyway.

It was clear from the team selection that Powell wasn't interested in winning the game, despite his comments after the match. The players had none of the spirit we've seen throughout our league campaign, and they showed none of the quality either. Also, if fans thought we had good competition for places, I think last night's game showed that if we get a few injuries, we could have some issues.

Personally I'm glad we're out. I know there are some who would like the trip to Wembley and all that comes with that, but it would be disastrous if we lost some of our better players through injury in this competition.

Hopefully we can get back to winning ways against Tranmere on Satrurday when we go back the the competition that actually matters.


  1. If that was the 'off-day' which was inevitably coming... im glad it was in the JPT!

  2. Indeed, it couldn't have come at a better time!