Monday 22 April 2019

Momentum for the play offs is key

The Times says this morning that Charlton could still qualify for an automatic promotion place, but it would require a very unlikely set of results. The task now is to maintain momentum for the playoffs - without getting any key players injured.

Many fans reacted to the defeat at Oxford by asking, how could we go down to defeat to a mid-table club after such a convincing win over table topping Luton? Well, football is like that. Who would have predicted that Leeds would have lost at home to 10-man Wigan?

The form table showed that Oxford were level pegging with Charlton and they had home advantage. One experienced fan who was there reckoned it showed up once again our lack of depth in key positions. Certainly, Josh Parker is not covering himself with glory.

Today Charlton face relegation threatened Scunthorpe United (mind you, getting on for about a third of the teams in the division are relegation threatened, but the Iron's position is more perilous than most). I had them as a promotion tip at the start of the season which shows how much I know.

As well as being one place above the relegation places, Scunthorpe are third from bottom in the form table (Charlton are fifth). Away from home they have won six (as many as at home). drawn three and lost twelve. The final ball often seems to be a problem for them.

Odds (Paddy Power): Charlton, 4/6; Draw, 13/5; Scunthorpe, 4/1.

The referee is Brett Huxtable who will be travelling up from Devon. Most Addicks fans will remember the last encounter back in September at Southend when he showed no fewer than seven yellow cards and three reds.

It will be a hot afternoon in The Valley, but no time for thinking about the beach.

The Chris Solly appeal was unsuccessful and he will serve an immediate four game ban, missing the first leg of the playoffs.

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