Friday, 12 August 2011

Elliot keeps his place

Rob Elliot is expected to keep his place in goal in tomorrow's match against Notts County, even though Ben Hamer has now recovered from his minor injury:

Notts County won a surprise victory away at Carlisle on the opening day of the season and maintained their good form in a league cup tie with rivals Forest in their first competitive meeting since 1994 which they only lost on penalties midweek.  They will be hoping to take three points off the Addicks to remain top of the table.

Last season they finished 19th and two years ago they neraly fell into the non-league.   The heady days of the Munto Finance affair and Sven Goran Eriksson are now an unhappy memory.   Martin Allen is the seventh manager in less than two seasons but has a good track record of improving lower division teams.

The fans are not that optimistic, forecasting mid-table mediocrity.   <i>Four Four Two</i> forecasts that they will end the season returning to League Two, but <i>The Times</i> goes for a more realistic 12th.

Player of the Year Neal Bishop is very much the fulcrum of the team.  He is combative and tenacious midfielder.  Karl Hawley is a good attacking player, but the defence is suspect.

No doubt I will have to eat my words at 5 p.m. tomorrow afternoon, but I am going for a 2-1 win for the Addicks.

Paul May will be covering the match from Meadow Lane.  He always appreciates the offer of a drink.

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