Thursday, 16 August 2012

Fresh Start

So an exciting new season is almost upon us.  With the thrills of the Olympic Games, it's been a superb off-season.  Funny how I look forward to the World Cup and European Championships the most, yet I always find more enjoyment from the Olympics.  With Team GB's massive achievements behind us, Charlton fans will be hoping that our own team can go that extra mile to secure our place in the Championship.

If we do manage to, it will be no mean feat.  With a lack of signings and the turmoil at board level, Charlton have it all to do.  You could say that we start with a baptism of fire.  Birmingham are a decent side at this level and have (realistic) ambitions of returning to the Premier League.  After missing out narrowly last season you can bet they will be one of the sides competing for the top spots.

Both teams will be desperate for a good start, and I'm sure that Lee Clark would have preferred to have faced a different side for the opening game.  Usually it is the case that newly promoted sides carry some momentum forward from the previous campaign.  That could be evidenced by some good results during pre-season; Fulham being a particularly noteworthy case.

I don't think the Leyton Orient game gives us much of an idea about the campaign to come.  It is probable that the majority of the team from Tuesday night will not be part of the first eleven come Saturday.   A number of key players did not feature, and I expect to see their names on that team sheet when it's read out on Saturday.

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