The bookies have Charlton as firm favourites to win tomorrow night's Johnstone's Paint Trophy clash with Brentford. They are quoted at 10/11 whereas an away win is 3-1 against.
The Bees have been characterised by up-and-down form this season. I asked a Bee of my acquaintance for an explanation and he said, 'Not a clue! We’re a bit Jekyll and Hyde so far. But, our away form is much better – we’ve won some very difficult fixtures away, so we may get a surprise result. I fear this will be our undoing in the long run, however, and will mean missing out on the play-offs.'
A constraint in the Paint Pot is that we have to play six out of the eleven players who were in the last first team game so we can't follow our Carling Cup strategy of putting out our second string side. Some think we should give Kermorgant and Green a start, although the former's gift may be as a super sub (for now at least) while Green has been a bit inconsistent.
It would be an opportunity to bring in players who have little or no chance so far. Alonso can't wait to pull on the red shirt to judge by his Facebook postings but he is not match fit yet so he will have more time for his part-time postgraduate studies in philosophy (his first degree is in economics). Perhaps Evina could get to try out the No.3 shirt, albeit that Wigginns has been improving all the time, while Hughes could be offered 90 minutes.
My diary seems to be even fuller in semi-retirement so I will be in Yorkshire again for a dinner, otherwise I might have been tempted by this fixture.