Wednesday, 24 October 2012

The Paddy Kenny Show

Paddy Kenny ensured the Addicks could only muster a draw at Elland Road last night, with an outstanding display between the sticks for Leeds United.

The stopper denied Bradley Wright-Phillips on two occasions late on to deny Charton a deserved win. Chris Solly also came close but Kenny, on his 500th appearance in all competitions, was having a blinder.

After a poor home performance against Barnsley a reaction was required and by all accounts there was a marked improvement.

Powell made several changes to the team which included bringing in Dorian Dervite to sit in front of the back four and Cedric Evina was handed a start at left-back (hallelujah). Rob Hulse was the preferred option in the lone striker role with Fuller out injured.

The Addicks went behind thanks to a sweet strike from David Norris. Debutant Dervite grabbed the equaliser managing to find the net through a sea of legs in the box.

It was a well needed point and after the dismal display on Saturday the result can give us some confidence going into the Wolves game at the weekend.

Typically Charlton have saved some of their better performances for the bigger teams this season. I'm hoping we can keep up that trend and cause a bit of an upset at Molineux.

Although I'm only looking for us to survive this season, I would feel a lot more comfortable if we could just edge our way up the table a wee bit.

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Unexpected Celebrations

Charlton's unpredictable form continues with an unexpected win at Blackpool.  Chris Powell opted to change his line-up which saw BWP dropped to the bench. New loanee Abdul Razak given his first start in a role that played him just off frontman Fuller.

Both goals came in the second half. Leon Cort headed home from a Dale Stephens corner, and Chris Solly rifled one home from 20 yards, a great way to open his scoring account.

It was a well needed result. After missing two fantastic opportunities to pick up maximum points, a win was a welcome result, and by all accounts well deserved.

We now need to find some consistency in this division, but with the international break, we have no match until we entertain Barnsley at The Valley on the 20th October. This means we lose our momentum, but it also means the team has extra time to work with the newest formation and Razak's role within that.

By all accounts the Man City youngster did well without being outstanding yesterday. I strongly believe that he could be a key figure in our team this season. He is a player full of promise and if Powell can get the best out of him, he can only be a good addition to the squad.

The biggest downer of the day was the injury to Danny Green. Since his appearance in the first team we have looked a more balanced side. I hope things are not too serious as with only Waggy as our wide cover, it probably means reverting to a central midfielder playing wide.

If the decision was mine, I might be tempted to move Wilson forward, bring in Evina at left-back and restore Solly to his correct position. It's unlikely that Powell will do this, but I feel it will allow us to keep the width in the side.

The table looks a bit better today. Our win propelled us five places up the table into 15th position. The likes of Bolton, Birmingham, Millwall and MASSIVE Sheffield Wednesday all sit below us, so all in all, things are looking okay.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Dropped points but staying positive.

So another game that we should probably have won slips by, and the league table doesn't make for great reading. As with Blackburn on Saturday, Watford were there for the taking, yet somehow we failed to capitalise.

Clearly our problem is a lack of goals. Only Ipswich, who languish in the bottom three, have scored fewer. Looking at our goals against column, we can take heart that there are teams above that have shipped more.

It therefore appears that if we can address our failure to convert chances, we might be able to pull ourselves out of this predicament. Ricardo Fuller is doing his part but things aren't going so well for BWP who has struggled thus far.

It's hard to lay the blame at Bradley's door entirely as he has been a victim of both the wrong system and a lack of quality service. Admittedly he has missed some chances that he might have buried during the last campaign, but his work rate this term has generally been good.

Maybe he is a good League One striker trying to punch above his weight? The same could be said for a number of our players if course, though I think Brad just needs a goal to kickstart things.

More disappointing than our results has been the reaction of some of our 'fans'. With less than 10 games played a section of the supporters are already on the teams back. Ben Hamer was subject to some abuse on Twitter last night, and there are many negative comments to be heard around the ground and on social networking sites.

I believe that fans have the right to air their views, though I think personal attacks via Twitter do more harm than good. The team are working hard right now but we are falling short on a bit of quality and we are desperate for a little slice of luck.

Our team needs us to show support, to get behind them. They do not need the added pressure of fans being on their backs. The effort is most definitely there and if we keep it up things will improve, I'm sure of it.