Now that the dust has settled from Tuesday's defeat by Colchester United, we can take a calmer view of the situation. Essentially we lost because of a superb early goal and a mistake by Hamer. These things happen. Sooner or later we were going to suffer a home defeat and it was likely to come in a midweek fixture with a low attendance.
Reaction among fans has been measured. Earlier in the season it would have been 'we can kiss goodbye to any hope of promotion', 'I've seen this coming' and 'Powell's inexperience is showing through'.
One line of criticism has been that our football has been effective rather than scintillating. I will settle for effective if it gets us out of this division. We are up against physical, negative teams with little protection from officials. And we do have a League 1 side which we will need to rebuld following promotion.
Midfield does concern me. Green needs to do more than provide a few good crosses. Stephens is effective enough, but rarely sets up an attack. Sometimes I wonder if Hughes would add a bit more grit.
A Burnley fan told me last night that he was looking forward to playing us next season. He noted that whenever Charlton lost or drew a match, they went on to win the next three. Let's hope he's right.