With Charlton topping the league and Scunthorpe in 20th place, tomorrow's fixture would look like a banker for the Addicks. One should never be complacent, but the team is playing well. The midfield has impressed. The central defenders may be a bit agricultural, but they are doing their job. Bradley Wright-Phillips has found his scoring boots and Paul Hayes, much criticised pre-season, is displaying his qualities.
Chris Powell has been playing down speculation about Rob Elliot moving to the Toon saying that talks are at an 'embryonic' stage. It looks as if Rob Elliot will be between the sticks on Saturday and there is a lot to be said for continuity.
Four Four Two saw the Iron finisihing in the play offs. The Times thought 'It will be a significant surprise if they make an immediate return to the Championship' and saw them finishing 16th. They thought that the looss of David Mirfin to Watford left a big hole in defence and saw their weakness as 'brittle confidence after relegation last season' which ended in a 6-0 defeat at Carrow Road.
The supremo is giant former central defender Alan Knill who was brought in from Bury with eight games to go last season but was not able to turn things around.
Some disllusioned Addicks may be tempted to return tomorrow, but don't expect a big crowd as Scunthorpe are expected to bring only around 250.
I am going for a 3-1 win for the Addicks.
Incidentally in the 'you couldn't make it up' category Notts County boss Martin Allen is looking for a whistling coach to help him communicate with his players: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/14580942.stm