Saturday 6 October 2018

How did that happen?

After going ahead just before half time with a penalty, Charlton looked set for three points or at least one against Coventry City at The Valley this afternoon. But on a drenching went day they eventually lost 1-2 to the Sky Blues and their very excitable supporters. The Addicks are now 9th in the table.

Charlton played some very neat football in the first half, but initially with challenging the visitors much. They were perhaps a little unlucky when Fosu's shot was deflected over the bar on five minutes, although supposed danger man Conor Chaplin did the same for Coventry on 14 minutes. However, their threat increased as the half went on, culminating in the penalty. Taylor was brought down by Junior Brown and he took a very effective penalty.

In a closely contested second-half, Mark Robins' side levelled with 10 minutes remaining with a move that saw Luke Thomas cross for substitute Bakayoko to tap-in from close range. After the Addicks had missed a golden chance in front of the Covered End, Bakayoko scored his second.

On the train I heard some Addicks blaming Jed Steer who looks like replacing Naby Sarr as the scapegoat player. However, I do not think the goals could have been easily stopped.

Lyle Taylor, pink boots matching his pink hair, had a great game. He was involved all over the pitch and showed real skill and class.

Lewis Page is going to be out for six weeks and the lack of a senior left back is a real problem. Lewis Page is out for at least six weeks.

Supremo gives it large

A furious Lee Bowyer has said that the goals conceded were 'laughable stuff'. The shell shocked supremo commented, 'It's basic defending - that's what frustrates me … I told our captain Jason Pearce that it wasn't good enough. I called out the back four in general, I said to them, I don't care who you are if you don't do it right, it's not good enough.'

Bowyer also emphasised that the side couldn't keep missing chances. 'Maybe we're taking our foot off the pedal and thinking we're too good and it's too easy. It can't continue.' Bowyer has done his best, but you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

It is interesting that the Football League Paper gives a 6 to all the Charlton players this morning. Either it's lazy journalism or reflects an all round mediocrity.

Do Coventry fans get so excited every time they win away? I have never heard so much noise at the station. Nearly 2,000 of them turned out which is almost the size of a home crowd at Coventry Blaze ice hockey.

We play Coventry away on Boxing Day. My bestie has said she will come if I buy a hospitality package, so we shall see.


  1. I think giving 6 to all the players is lazy journalism. In truth it was a generally good performance (with some outstanding performances) undone by missed chances and individual errors by players forced to play out of position. It is unfortunate we have so many injuries, with such a small squad, but surely there is a way of shuffling the pack so that right sided players are playing on the right and left sided on the left, for example put Sarr at left back and bring in Beilik at centre back.

  2. Good post, but who would you rate as outstanding? Lyle Taylor for me.