Monday 20 November 2017

Another 'big match'

When Jake Forster-Caskey can say in all seriousness and without fear of contradiction that tomorrow night's game against Rochdale is a 'big match', it strikes home the situation we are in. But we need the three points to keep our promotion challenge going. Then we won't have to play Rochdale again on a cold Tuesday night in November.

Rochdale are currently third from bottom in League One, although they are in a slightly better position in the form table. On Saturday they lost 3-1 at Oldham.

Manager Keith Hill admitted that it was a fair result, conceding that one of Oldham's strikers was 'free as a bird in the box' which does not suggest a watertight defence. Rochdale have not won any games away from home this season, but they have drawn five. We can do without another draw. Our last three home matches against them at this level have seen a win, a draw and a defeat. Last year we lost 0-1.

Last season they finished 9th and Four Four Two forecast a 7th place finish. The magazine described Dale as 'having a well-oiled conveyor belt' following the departure of a number of key players for the Championship. However, the club remains an attractive destination for players seeking a loan.

Press duty player Jake Forster-Caskey has said that Charlton are ready to take out their frustrations from Saturday on Rochdale: Midfielder's verdict

Patrick Bauer could be available, although probably on the bench. He was missed on Saturday.

Louis Mendez has reminded us on twitter that Charlton have won only two of their last eleven games played at home on a Tuesday night.

The bookies favour us. Odds are: Charlton 5/6, Draw 5/2, Rochdale 10/3.

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