Saturday 11 May 2019

'The Purr-Fect Tie'

That's the headline in the Football League Paper this morning as defender Ben Purrington bares his claws ahead of today's play off tie with Doncaster Rovers. The Cat emphasised he won't be taking anything for granted. He stated, 'Anything can happen in the play offs - and no team is easier.'

However, the Devonian said 'Morale is high if you're winning games and picking up points. There's a great feeling around the club.'

Purrington feels that Lee Bowyer must take a lot of credit for the positive mood: 'He's just consistently been wanting the best from us in training and in games. He wants to get the best out of us every single day. Tactically, it's all spot on and he makes you keep believing. He's a great manager, he believes in us and that comes across very well.'

Counteracting what seems be almost excessive confidence among Charlton fans, the FLP considers there is not much to choose between the two sides: 'In a sense, there is less pressure on Doncaster, who finished sixth, than on their play off rivals Charlton.'

The FLP account of Doncaster focuses on 38-year old James Coppinger who has played more than 600 games for the club. He thinks it will be very tight, but their home form is good. He felt that Charlton were going all out for the chance of automatic promotion and may now have run out of steam.

Many Charlton fans stayed in Doncaster overnight, some encountering fog as they drove through the evening. Not all the remarks about the town on social media were complimentary and cannot be reproduced here. Apparently, one unfortunate entered a competition for a night in Doncaster and won the second prize of two nights.

I must be careful what I say as I am seeing the MP for Doncaster North on Wednesday, but it's not Beverley, it's not Harrogate, it's not York and it's not even bustling Leeds or 'city of culture' Hull. It might be described as a 'problem area and an area with problems'.

A Charlton friend of mine way from way back married a Doncaster lass, but it didn't work out and now he's living there and working all hours in a supermarket. He has my ticket today.

No comments:

Post a Comment