Monday 31 January 2022

Bell tolls for Pompey

Charlton went eight points clear of the relegation zone with a 2-1 win against Portsmouth at Fratton Park tonight.

Chuks Aneke was apparently offside when he played a big part in Charlton's opener 14 minutes before half-time, leaving the home fans incensed.

Aneke saw his header saved by Pompey goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu before Washington tapped in the rebound as the hosts screamed for a free-kick.

Clark Robertson's 64th-minute own goal doubled Charlton's lead before Michael Jacobs gave Pompey hope by reducing the deficit 11 minutes from time.

Pompey had taken the game to the visitors in the opening five minutes, with debutant Denver Hume causing problems down the left flank.

George Hirst failed to capitalise on a Joe Morrell pass in the 25th minute by missing the ball completely.

Louis Mendez discusses a feisty encounter:

Burstow for Chelsea

Louis Mendez reports that Mason Burstow is to sign for Chelsea, but will be loaned back to Charlton for rest of the season. 

Two substantial initial offers were rejected as they did not meet Charlton's valuation.

Johnnie Jackson comments on the move here:

Burstow goes only if the price is right

Thomas Sandgaard has confirmed that a number of Premier League clubs are interested in signing Mason Burstow, but none of them have come up to his expected price level.   There is no imperative to sell unless the price is right:

One more in?

Richard Cawley of the SLP says that Charlton are hoping to make one more signing before the end of the transfer window tonight.  Charlton have made a revised offer for Scott Fraser which Ipswich Town are 'seriously considering'.

The SLP is reporting that the bid has been accepted.  He has signed a contract until the summer of 2025:

Johnnie Jackson wants to 'reel in' the clubs above him with Portsmouth being the first target:

Sunday 30 January 2022

Portsmouth boss praises Charlton and Jacko

I am a bit sceptical when managers say they expect 'a really tough game'.  If they win, it looks like a bigger deal and if they lose they have an alibi ready.  Draw and they can say it was written all over it.

Nevertheless, Portsmouth boss Danny Cowley is full of praise for Charltom's 'pace, power and athleticism' saying they carry 'a real goal threat':

Charlton have a good recent record at Fratton Park, but I am not sure such records really mean anything:

Some fans now say we are in a relegation struggle, but three clubs are effectively already down and many of the others below us are lacking in quality.

Friday 28 January 2022

Scott Fraser in frame

A Scottish newspaper is reporting that Charlton have made a £400,000 offer to Ipswich Town for midfielder Scott Fraser, formerly at Dundee United: 

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Apparently the bid has been rejected:

Chelsea are reported to be interested in Mason Burstow and one other Premier League club are said to have made a firm offer (possibly Brentford).

Browne deal is off

Charlton will not be signing Marcus Browne.  No specific reason has been given, but it may be that his injury problems were worse than had been anticipated, certainly this was something that concerned many fans:

Charlton will look for another signing before the window closes on Monday.

The task now is to avoid relegation, which I think we can do, and then have a major clear out and rebuild in the summer.

BTW, some fans have been asking why we signed on Ben Watson for another year, arguing that Darren Pratley would have been better.  Quite possibly, but Watson had the right to a contract extension once he had played a certain number of games. 

Thursday 27 January 2022

Welcome, Nile John

Tottenham Hotspur attacking midfielder Nile John has joined Charlton on loan.   He comes highly recommended by Chris Powell who accompanied him to Sparrows Lane.

Chris Powell commented to the SLP: 'We primarily play him as an attacking midfielder but he's got a good understanding, in some games he has played deeper. It will be a real test for him at League One level but we have no doubts about his quality and his potential.'

'He will go to a club I know well and that I recommended when I heard there was interest. Straight away I knew with John [Jackson], Jason [Euell] - and I'd been speaking with Steve Gallen - that he would add to the group.'

Charlie Kirk has joined Blackpool on loan in a deal that may become permanent.   Blackpool boss Neil Critchley worked with Kirk at Crewe.

Johnnie Jackson discusses Kirk's move here: Charlton boss Johnnie Jackson gives his take on Charlie Kirk’s loan move to Blackpool – South London News (

Richard Cawley reports that the signing of Marcus Browne is still 'a work in progress'.   If it goes ahead, h he will be the last signing in the window.

Charlton are no longer in the running to sign Jermain Defoe.

Tuesday 25 January 2022

Charlton lose on penalties

I went to see my GP this afternoon and he said 'We had better not talk about Charlton.'  He then told me about his forthcoming trip to Lisbon to see Manchester City in the Round of 16 and his hopes to be in St. Petersburg for the final.  I had to confess that we were away at Hartlepool in the pizza trophy.

Poor Charlton defending allowed Hartlepool to spring the offside trap and score an early goal with a chip over MacGillivray.

Charlton were a bit slow and sloppy in possession.  Purrington put a good ball into the box, but it came off Washington's chest.

On 16 minutes Burstow equalised with a header after good work by Conor Washington.

MacGillivray found a shot difficult to deal with and Pearce had to clear it for a corner.  The Hartlepool effort was just over the bar.

Some confused defending led to another home corner.   In subsequent play Hartlepool won another corner and then another which MacGillivray caught.

Leko put in a great cross from the right, Purrington got something on it and Gilbey had to turn sharply to drill it home to make it 2-1 to Charlton.

MacGillivray had to save a fierce shot from distance which was straight at him.   He then had to beat away a shot from Crawford.   Then a shot was just wide raising questions about the space given by the Charlton defence.

HT: 1-2

Purrington received a yellow card for a foul, arguably just a collision.

On 69 minutes Aneke and Blackett-Taylor came on.  Burstow and Leko went off.

MacGillivray had to make a quality save after Hartlepool broke.

Hartlepool then had acres of space to equalise, Charlton were very slow to react.

Watson and Morgan came off and Clare and Lee came on.   Purrington came off and Castillo came on for his debut.

It went to penalties.   Hartlepool scored all their penalties and Washington, Gilbey, Clare and Aneke scored for Charlton, but Lee's effort was saved.

Charlton put out a strong team, but Hartlepool were often given too much time and space.  They also provided some good football.

What Morgan needs to do

Albie Morgan needs to add consistency and goals to his game says Johnnie Jackson: 

Browne deal would be permanent

Charlton are working on a permanent rather than a loan deal for Middlesbrough attacking midfielder, Marcus Browne, reports Richard Cawley of the SLP.   It has been suggested that he is having a medical today.   

Career details:

Some fans are concerned about his injury record.

Hartlepool in confident mood

Hartlepool United are in confident mood for tonight's pizza trophy game given their recent record against League One clubs:

Johnnie Jackson says that he intends to put out a strong side and gives an injury update on players:

Monday 24 January 2022

Davison joins Swindon

Josh Davison has joined Swindon on loan until the end of the season when he will be a free agent:

I would not fault his effort or commitment, but I think that League Two is his level.

Free exit for Pape Souare

Charlton are prepared to let Pape Souare go on a free transfer.   He has fallen down the pecking order at The Valley and faces further competition with the arrival of Juan Castillo:

Thanks for all you tried to do.

Sunday 23 January 2022

Kilt for Dempsey?

Midfielder Ben Dempsey is to join Ayr United who have been measuring a kilt for him for some time according to the Scottish press:

He looked unlikely to break through into the first team at Charlton.

He has now joined Ayr on loan until the end of the season.

Jacko achieves a reset

Johnnie Jackson sees recent moves including the arrival of 'Skivo' as a reset for Charlton.  Loan signing Juan Castillo will start training with the squad on Monday:

Congratulations to Albie Morgan for being included in The Football League Paper team of the day for his performance against Fleetwood.

Saturday 22 January 2022

Vital win for Charlton

Charlton kicked off, but Fleetwood got an early dangerous free kick after a necessary foul from Famewo.  The ball went over the bar into the Covered End.

Another Fleetwood attack saw the ball scrape the post.   A shot from Lane was straight at MacGillivray.

DJ did well to get behind the defence and the cross went across the goal for a Charlton corner, but the set piece didn't work out.   Fleetwood threatened again and Clare gave a little nudge.   Fleetwood were getting in behind Charlton very easily.

Fleetwood got a free header from eight yards out after a corner, but the ball went over the crossbar.

Fleetwood remained in control of the game, but then Charlton had a better spell.   Even so Charlton were being forced to cross and go out wide.    Charlton had not found a rhythm, they needed to play forward more quickly.   Fleetwood looked dangerous on the counter attack.

After Clare slipped, Famewo provided good cover in defence.

Lee drew a good save from Cairn after his first shot was blocked.  Charlton began to show a little more urgency.   Morgan almost got on to the ball as he broke into the box.

Steve Brown said that Charlton had got grips with their front three in the last twenty minutes.  Fleetwood were a much improved side under their new manager.

Curbs said that Blackett-Taylor had been our most dangerous player.   He had got the full back and now two were coming out to him.    We hadn't got the ball under control in midfield enough to help the front two.

HT: 0-0

A Morgan free kick and an Inniss header led to a great header from Burstow at the far post in front of the Covered End to make it 1-0.   It was his first league goal at The Valley.

A goal was disallowed for impeding the keeper.

A Fleetwood corner was headed away by Inniss.

Fleetwood won another corner after some weak defending by Charlton.   DJ headed the ball away.   Lee came off and was replaced by Gilbey.

A poor clearance by Clare produced a moment of danger.

Blackett-Taylor was forced to concede a corner on 73 minutes.   Inniss headed clear.

Pilkington came on as a Fleetwood substitute, signaling intent to attack.   He scored the late winner against Rotherham.

Clare had to block a cross for a Fleetwood corner.   Inniss tidied it up.

Aneke got a yellow card for a foul.   Washington came on for Charlton in place of Mason Burstow who received a great ovation as he left the pitch.

Blackett-Taylor pulled up, possibly with cramp, and Purrington came on.   A Fleetwood corner was put over the bar.

Four minutes were added on.    Washington set up Morgan but he rushed his finish and dragged it wide of the post.   Washington was at the far post in position for a tap in, but he could have been offside.  However, Morgan then made no mistake to make it 2-0.   The move was started by a header from Inniss.

Curbs said that Inniss won every header defensively, passed it well.

Mason Burstow said that scoring at home was a different feeling.   'I've been watching games from a young age.   Hopefully we're back on track.   I'm just enjoying my football.'

Jacko said it was a really important win.   Fleetwood started really brightly, they were the better side in the early periods, we ended the half strongly.   Morgan had bundles of ability, but he needed to score more goals.   He stepped up when given the opportunity.

Charlton face team 2nd in the form table

Charlton face a resurgent Fleetwood Town at The Valley this afternoon.   CAS Trust preview here:

Fleetwood are 19th in the table, but 14th in the form table.   Charlton are 14th in the table and 15th in the form table.  Away from home, the Cod Army have seen two wins, five draws and five defeats.   They beat Rotherham last Saturday with a winner deep into stoppage time.

Friday 21 January 2022

Marcus Browne in on loan

Charlton have put one over 'Gobby' by signing Marcus Browne from Middlesbrough on loan for the rest of the season.  Apparently we offered a 'very competitive' financial package:

Career details for the midfielder who started with the West Ham academy:

Thursday 20 January 2022

Jacko interested in Defoe deal

Johnnie Jackson rates Jermain Defoe and would be prepared to sign him, but expects fierce competition:

Charlton have completed a loan signing for Juan Castillo from Chelsea.  The 22-year old Durch left back has spent the first half of the season on loan at Birmingham City.   Career details:,_born_2000)

Johnnie Jackson talks about his qualities and potential contribution here:

Charlton are also interested in signing on loan 21 year old right wing back Michael Lavinier from Tottenham Hotspur.

Kirk could go out on loan

Charlton are willing to listen to loan offers for Charle Kirk which could make room for an attacking addition to the squad:

Tuesday 18 January 2022

Kirk may go to Blackpool

Richard Cawley reckons that reports that Charlie Kirk may go to Blackpool 'make sense':

Like many fans I thought that Kirk was a good signing but, for whatever reason, it hasn't worked.   We might as well recoup the money we paid, plus hopefully some more.

It would create the financial space to sign Elliot Lee, although I have mixed feelings about that.  He plays some neat football, but I would like to see more product.

No early return for Forster-Caskey

It doesn't look as if Jake Forster-Caskey will be back any time soon is how I read this report:

We have missed him this season.   It is sometimes argued that we are too prone to signing players who are injury prone, although I have never seen any comparative statistics on this.

It must be very difficult for a footballer to cope with a long-term serious injury.

'Skivo' will help a reset in coaching

Johnnie Jackson has made it clear that Terry Skiverton was his choice as first team coach.  'He ticks all the boxes for me':

Jacko emphasised that it was good for the players to see and hear someone different.   'Someone from the outside can have a different perspective.'

Monday 17 January 2022

How Charlton landed Chuks Aneke

Steve Gallen talks about how Charlton recruited Chuks Aneke, saying they didn't want him to leave in the first place:

Aneke in good nick for second coming

Chuks Aneke reckons that he is in good nick and will be able to play 90 minutes more often on his return to SE7:

In his four takeaways from the game Louis Mendez says that there is no getting away from the fact that Charlton have been below par in their recent League One appearances.   One positive on Saturday was that Albie Morgan was a bit better than he has been:

Sunday 16 January 2022

'Skivo' heads for Sparrows Lane

After 23 years with the Glovers in various roles, Yeovil Town assistant manager Terry Skiverton is joining Charlton.   The 46-year old Londoner will have a backroom role, although details are not yet available.  He played for Welling United in the late 1990s.

More here:

Saturday 15 January 2022

Mixed news on striker injuries

Jayden Stockley needs a two week window to see if he responds to treatment on his hip injury, but there is a good chance that Conor Washington will be available next weekend:

That means that Chuks Aneke will continue to be key, but Johnnie Jackson says that he did not intend to play him for 90 minutes at Cheltenham and it will be a while before he is a consistent starter:

Aneke equalises

It wasn't a great performance, but Aneke secured an unlikely away point for Charlton in time added on. Charlton remain 14th, six points ahead of Morecambe in 21st place.

With Conor Washington injured and Craig MacGillivray on paternity leave, Johnnie Jackson made five changes in the team against Cheltenham Town at the Jonny Rocks stadium.   New signing Chuks Aneke started alongside Mason Burstow.  Perhaps the biggest surprise was the inclusion of Adam Matthews as wing back in the 3-5-2 formation.

DJ put in  a good cross after build up by Morgan and it led to an early Charlton corner after a good run from Matthews.  

DJ got an elbow straight in the face and a yellow card was awarded.

After an outstanding throw from Matthews, Charlton won a second corner.  Charlton tried to maintain the pressure, but the ball was cleared.

A third corner came within the opening ten minutes, but it was saved off the line from an Inniss header.

Cheltenham threatened from a good free kick, but the ball went over. Charlton almost conceded, but Henderson made a great save from May.   Cheltenham then got the better of Charlton's defence again and Henderson was called into action.   After a bright opening ten minutes, Charlton were not getting to the ball first.  Nlundulu was a nuisance to the Charlton defence.

Famewo required treatment after a blow in the face and was off for a Cheltenham free kick.  Somehow Cheltenham failed to score through Wright from a yard out and DJ cleared the ball over the bar.  The corner was comfortable for Henderson.

Good work by DJ led to a Charlton corner.   The keeper was able to catch Morgan's effort.

Charlton are always vulnerable just before half time.  After Inniss made an error, Henderson saved from Wright who was able to get into space but the Southampton loan player Nlundulu was able to pounce on the ball palmed out by Henderson to make it 1-0 on 42 minutes.

Aneke got a yellow card.   It was very close to 2-0, but Henderson was able to save from May in time added on.

Charlton had looked disjointed, Cheltenham had had the better of the chances, as many as five or six of them.

Steve Brown said we were really poor after a super start.   We were lucky to be going in only 1-0, Henderson had made two or three excellent saves.   Chuks and Mason had struggled to press.  The midfield were 30 yards behind.   He had been expecting a much more solid performance, instead we had lost confidence and belief.   We had created only one good opportunity and we were vulnerable at the other end.  He couldn't remember a worthwhile challenge.

HT: 1-0

DJ was replaced by Blackett-Taylor at half time.   Aneke fashioned a chance, but it came off the bar, giving the sold out away end something to sing about.

Morgan advanced but was tripped giving Charlton a free kick in a dangerous position, but they were unable to take advantage.

Matthews put in a cross and Lee's effort was saved.   Charlton were still getting out muscled too easily in places.   It was too easy for Cheltenham to get from their third to ours and a May volley was not far wide.  

A shot from Aneke was saved by the keeper.  Matthews was taken off and Leko came on in the hope that he would show more forward intent.

Cheltenham had a free header from a corner but it went wide.   Charlton were struggling to create anything.

Inniss did well to get an important tackle in.   The ball was too far ahead of Aneke for him to turn it in.

Thomas was given acres of space but put the ball over.    Dobson made way for Gilbey.  

Leko won a corner in time added on, but it was cleared.   Inniss headed the ball back across and Aneke got an equaliser with a header for Charlton.

Steve Brown said that under the circumstances it was a great point.  It stopped the rot.  We were much improved second half.  We did look exposed defensively.  It was a big step forward for the morale of the team.  

He thought that Mason Burstow struggled, he had been thrown in at the deep end, he's a young lad learning.

Chuks Aneke said he was delighted that he'd made his mark.   It had been hard fought.  'I felt good today, I felt strong.'

Steve Brown said the whole team would benefit from Chuks holding the ball up.  He got into some very good areas in the six yard box.  It was good he got through 90 minutes.

Johnnie Jackson said: 'Football's a mad game, we haven't been getting what we deserved the last few games.  Today we didn't deserve anything and we got an equaliser in the last minute.  A point on the road is never terrible.  Credit to Albie Morgan for his delivery from the set piece.   We need to use that as a little springboard, time for us to get some good work in on the training pitch.'

Giving his assessment of the 'smash and grab' point Jacko said that it was a flat performance and Charlton had been better at Crewe.  They lost the individual battles at Cheltenham:

Cheltenham Town are investigating reports of homophobic abuse at the game:

Friday 14 January 2022

Welcome back, Chuks Aneke

Chuks Aneke is returning permanently to Charlton on a reported £300,000 deal.

Initial reaction among fans has been mixed, but if he can't last a match, at least he can come on and score goals.   he hasn't been injured this season.

Rick Everitt has tweeted: 'It may backfire because Chuks Aneke is always going to be a fitness risk, but I am absolutely behind bringjng him back to Charlton. Big fan of him last season and he was literally irreplaceable when he left - except, as it turns out, with himself.'

Aneke will be available for the Cheltenham game and says he is 'buzzing' to get going:

Cheltenham boss talks up Charlton

Cheltenham Town manager Michael Duff talks up Charlton ahead of tomorrow's game so that he can brag about even a draw.  To be fair, his remarks are sensible and balanced.

'I went to watch them at Crewe on Wednesday night and it was a funny game. They were excellent for 20-25 minutes, conceded from two set plays and then sort of came away from what they do. They had a go in the last 10-15 minutes and were probably unlucky not to get a result really. They had a disallowed goal, which was a bit of an odd decision.

'But since Johnnie (Jackson) has gone in, they have been on an unbelievable run and they have some good players. I expect them to be better than they were against Crewe and we played well at their place so I don't think they'll take us lightly. Again, as always, Charlton against Cheltenham is a big team against a little team so we'll have to be at it. We are both similar in the table, so it shows it could be quite a close game.'

I don't think they will underestimate us. . I am not sure if they underestimated us on the day, but there was a bit going on at the club at the time. It wasn't quite working, but if you look at the form since Johnnie has gone in, his record before the last three has been excellent. They have some good players and they are a big club in the league. 

They'll be disappointed with where they are in the table and I imagine they'd expect to be in the top six. They'll be expecting to kick on in the second half of the season and whether they get into the top six, I don't know. But they will definitely be expecting to be higher than they are now by the end of the season.

They are a good team with international footballers. People like Ben Watson on the bench, who has won the FA Cup and the career he has had. They have quality throughout the squad. Jayden Stockley could come in [no chance], another good player. Jonathan Leko and (Conor) Washington up front at Crewe, so we are under no illusions that it'll be anything other than a difficult game.'

Cheltenham have won five, drawn four and lost four at home.   The CAS Trust preview is here:

It's clear where we need to strengthen says Jacko

Johnnie Jackson has said that Charlton's needs in the transfer market are clear with an attacking midfielder a priority, although rumours about Aston Villa's Cameron Archer appear not to be well fouinded:

'What we need is someone with that final cross or pass and someone to put it in the net,' declared the shell shocked supremo.

Thursday 13 January 2022

Burstow likely to be at the races

Local lad Mason Burstow looks set to start for Charlton at Cheltenham on Saturday:

Johnnie Jackson came close to admitting that he should have started at Crewe, at least he might have shown more urgency in the crucial opening phase of the game than some of those who did start.

Cheltenham is the location of GCHQ, but they may not have much intelligence on Burstow.

Defoe linked with Charlton move

Jermain Defoe has been linked by the Orange One with a move to Charlton after his departure from Rangers.  The 39-year old played with Johnnie Jackson at Tottenham Hotspur.   Known as 'Judas' to many Charlton fans, he controversially left the Addicks for West Ham at the age of 16:

Richard Cawley has commented: 'Charlton have had no contact with Jermain Defoe. I'm not saying it can't or won't happen. Just that not one been any movement from either side on. Fact he is a free agent means he can move outside of the transfer window.'

Jacko tired of sounding like a broken record

Johnnie Jackson says that new signings are unlikely before Charlton's trip to Cheltenham on Saturday.  He praised Mason Burstow's contribution at Crewe:

The shell shocked supremo said that he was tired of sounding like a broken record, asking why his side had stopped being clinical:

Wednesday 12 January 2022

Equaliser denied at the death

On cold nights midweek away on a hard, bobbly pitch you have to beat poor sides which Crewe are, but Charlton lost 2-1 at what was Gresty Road.

Neither side had a shot that troubled the opposing keeper in the opening half hour, although Charlton had more of the possession.  Charlton had opportunities which they should have taken.   There was some neat and tidy football in midfield, with Gilbey making some good runs, but a cutting edge was lacking.

The first Crewe corner on 30 minutes had to be punched away by Henderson.  Two earlier Charlton corners were unproductive.

Two good Charlton breaks ended in disappointment.

Following a free kick, Henderson was able to make the initial save, but the Crewe player reacted well to make it 1-0 with a tap in.

After the goal Charlton were struggling to keep possession while the home side became more confident.  Conor Washington was booked.

Henderson had to make a save in time added on at the expense of a corner - and it could well have been a penalty.   Henderson's assessment of the flight of the ball was not good and an easy header from their leading scorer put the home side 2-0 ahead at the end of the half.

HT: 2-0

DJ put in a good cross but the keeper saved Washington's header.  A Lee free kick from just outside the penalty area was saved and no one followed up.   DJ was booked.

Crewe had a penalty claim, but were given a corner which led to a second.

Charlton made a double substitution with Purrington and DJ came off.  Blackett-Taylor and Burstow came on.

After an intervention by the fourth official, Gilbey got a yellow card.   The referee was losing control of the game.

Gilbey made way for Morgan.

An effort for Washington was saved, but Burstow was on hand to score, his first league goal for the Addicks on 79 minutes.

In six minutes added on, Washington was not able to beat the keeper.  Famewo made a decisive tackle and Blackett-Taylor put in a poor shot.

It looked as if Lee had equalised with the last kick of the game after great work by Burstow, but the lino put his flag up.   After a long conversation, the referee gave an offside, apparently against Leko.  He also talked briefly to the fourth official.

The panel in the studio thought the offside was the correct decision as the keeper could not move to his right.

Eddie Youds said that at times Charlton looked really sloppy in everything they did.   The Addicks lost the game in both boxes.   Steve Brown said that we were definitely not on it for 90 minutes.

Tuesday 11 January 2022

Burstow's great promise

Reviewing Charlton's FA Cup game with Norwich, Louis Mendez says that it was a performance to be proud of, but also a case of what could have been.   Norwich were awful. particularly in the first half:

Mendez reckons that Mason Burstow is ahead of Karlan Grant's development at an equivalent stage of his career.

Washington available for Crewe

Conor Washingon is back in full training and should be available for Wednesday's game at Crewe. It will be a few more games before Jayden Stockley is available. Ben Purrington has got the all clear:

Monday 10 January 2022

Where the team needs strengthening

Sam Ford takes an in depth look at where Charlton need to strengthen in the transfer window and the almost impossible task of securing promotion:

Lavelle closer to return

Sam Lavelle took a step closer to first team contention with a first half performance in the 3-2 win by Charlton under 23s over Millwall at The Den:

Ryan Inniss wants to secure new contract

Ryan Inniss is determined to secure a contract extension at Charlton:

He is clearly a talented player, as he demonstrated against Norwich, but also injury prone.  

Sam Lavelle is playing for the under 23s this afternoon against Millwall as he makes his way back from injury.

Sunday 9 January 2022

Bitter sweet defeat

Johnnie Jackson is proud of the performance and the players but also disappointed after today's 0-1 exit from the FA Cup at the hands of Norwich:

It was the third 1-0 defeat in a row, but The Guardian thought that the Addicks were unlucky:

It was Charlton who had the better of the first half, with Elliott Lee curling just wide from distance before his cross from the left was fired over by Jonathan Leko.

Dean Smith made a triple change at half time, bringing on Brandon Williams, Rashica and Pukki in an attempt to change the momentum of the game.

It was Charlton who went close again next though, with the impressive Lee having a shot from a tight angle well saved by Krul.

The game looked to be drifting towards extra time before Pukki was released down the right, drew goalkeeper Henderson and crossed for Rashica to finish into an open net for his maiden Norwich goal.

Purrington's added-time header from six yards that hit the bar after Norwich failed to clear a free-kick into the box was the closest Charlton came to equalising.

Attendance was 13,825, 2,260 from Norfolk.

Johnnie Jackson has provided an update on the injuries to Conor Washington and Jayden Stockley:

Saturday 8 January 2022

Keeper's worries and frustrations

Craig MacGillivray likes to play every game in a season and is frustrated to miss out on the pizza trophy and the FA Cup, but realises that players need minutes:

His partner is at an advanced stage of pregnancy, so Covid-19 is particularly worrying for him.

Friday 7 January 2022

Stockley out on Sunday

Jayden Stockley will not be available on Sunday, diminishing Charlton's chances of victory.   It is a nerve issue that is difficult to get to the bottom of:

Jacko says that his biggest career regret was the FA Cup loss to Sheffield United as the semi-finals were at Wembley and he would like to have played at the national stadium.

The manager has also been interviewed by the Evening Standard

CAS Trust asks in their preview, is this the end of third round misery?

Norwich hope to give returning players game time

Norwich City have a number of players returning from injury and illness Sunady's cup tie with Charlton.  Manager Dean Smith admits it is a 'real balancing act', but hints that he may see the game as an opportunity to give minutes to players who haven't been in action since early December:

The Norwich City preview notes that in encounters between the two teams Charlton have won more games than Norwich:

Happy Birthday, Rick Everitt

Happy Birthday to fellow Capricornian, Thanet council leader and VOTV editor Rick Everitt.   As Rick admitted in the last issue, he has been accused of being able to start an argument in an empty room, but he is Charlton through and through and few clubs now had a lively printed fanzine.

Thursday 6 January 2022

How strong a side will Norwich put out?

Johnnie Jackson says it is difficult to predict how strong a side Norwich City will put out for Sunday's FA Cup game:

The SLP's Louis Mendez has been giving the lowdown to the Canaries on Charlton, including DJ who played for them, although his remarks about him are somewhat qualified:

Away to Hartlepool in pizza trophy

Hartlepool fans go berserk on social media as they look forward to a winnable home game against Charlton in the pizza trophy:

Johnnie Jackson didn't get his hoped for home tie and it's a long way for a free pizza with choice of toppings.   Pitch announcer Brian Cole has already offered five seats for a lift 'oop north including that of the driver.

Wednesday 5 January 2022

Norwich City and their part in our downfall

VOTV editor Rick Everitt looks at the history of Charlton's encounters with Norwich City and how they have influenced our current fate:

An unfortunate 0-1 home defeat to the Canaries in a game we had dominated effectively ended our chances of automatic promotion to the Championship in 2010 and we then failed in the play offs.

The Rickster writes: 'Failure to return to the Championship in 2010 caused the old board of directors, led by Richard Murray, to disintegrate. It had been badly split since early 2008, when Derek Chappell removed Murray from the chair of the plc with the unanimous support of his colleagues, which also led to the resignation of chief executive Peter Varney.'

'However, in 2009, the directors, including Murray, had clubbed together to inject £7m in one last effort at stabilising the club. Many of them were barely on speaking terms with him by then, but after the play-off defeat of 2010 the money, and patience, had run out. They all wrote off the rest of their debts, together with the notional value of shares held by fans, and left Murray to sell the club on, which he did on December 31st to Tony Jimenez and Michael Slater, although it turned out to be a bit more complicated than that.'

'All of the ownership travails of the last decade follow from that sale.'

Strong side against Norwich

Johnnie Jackson expects to put out a strong side against Norwich City in the FA Cup, but it is likely that Stephen Henderson will be in goal.  Jackson praised the performance of Nathan Harness in the pizza trophy:

Talk but no action in transfer window

'Lots of conversations but very little action' is how Johnnie Jackson describes the start of the January transfer window.  He admits that it is a 'tricky window'.  He also discusses the return of Harry Arter to Nottingham Forest:

Keeper nominated as player of the month

Craig MacGillivray has been nominated along with three other players as League One player of the month.   He is described as 'a calm presence and cornerstone in Charlton's revival:

Tuesday 4 January 2022

Is that Wembley I see?

Charlton took a step nearer Wembley with a 1-0 defeat of MK Dons in the Papa John trophy.  It took a 93rd minute strike from Jonathan Leko after a superb cross from Papa Souare nodded on by Burstow.

Ever faithful to the Franchisees, Gobby was there commenting for Three Counties Radio.

The teams left as it stands in the pizza trophy are: Rotherham, Wigan, Exeter/Portsmouth (winner has to play Cambridge for a quarter final place), Arsenal/Chelesa U21, Harrogate, Hartlepool and Sutton. Johnnie Jackson has said he wants a home time, it would be just our luck to get Rotherham or Wigan away.

Jayden Stockley sent to specialist

Jayden Stockley is seeing a specialist for an assessment of a hip injury, described by Johnnie Jackson as 'a bit of a strange one':

Given how toothless the team is without Stockley, this is a concern.

Farwell, then, Harry Arter

Harry Arter has been recalled to Nottingham Forest and will probably go out on loan elsewhere.  Thanks for all you tried to do:

It is doubtful whether we were paying his full salary, but there will still be a significant saving on the wage bill.

Selection plan for pizza trophy

As expected, tonight's pizza trophy match with MK Dons will be used as an opportunity for fringe players to show what they can do:

Given that the league season looks like ending in mid-table mediocrity, taking this trophy reasonably seriously makes sense.  Johnnie Jackson says he wants to win.

Monday 3 January 2022

Basey's role clarified

There has been some confusion about former Addick Grant Basey's role at Charlton in the last few days.  While he has taken on the interim manager's post at Cray Wanderers, he continues to be employed as a youth development coach at Charlton: 

It was ever thus

Chuks Aneke came on as a substitute for Birmingham City against the Super Hoops and scored within a few minutes, his first since August.  He then put the ball over, missing a chance for an equaliser, although there was a case for a penalty for the Blews. 

The EFL on Quest pundits think that they have some players past their prime and others yet to reach it and not much in between.  Apparently Lee Bowyer is unhappy about the financial backing he is getting from the board.   (It is his 45th birthday today).

A century ago there was a team called Birmingham Trams who at least were good at stopping other teams reaching the terminus, even if they queued there.  Blews seem weak in defence.   At least the Metro trams are back after a long lay off for repairs.

On the tram theme, I still have two 'last tram week' tickets somewhere!

Various ways of boosting attendances have been tried at Charlton, but my non-league club Leamington was more innovative at yesterday's game at the Your Co-op Community Stadium.

Sunday 2 January 2022

Saturday 1 January 2022

Charlton want to strengthen striker options

Charlton are hoping to bring in another forward in the transfer window:

Strikers are always in demand and finding real value will not be easy.

Davison's contract finishes at the end of the season.   A loan option would not necessarily save that much money as lower league and non-league clubs often require part of the salary.   A free transfer is an option.

After these two defeats the focus has to be on rebuilding for next season.   No doubt the keyboard warriors will soon be after Johnnie Jackson.

2022 does not start well

Charlton started 2022 by losing 0-1 at home to Wycombe, the first home defeat for Jacko.  It was an often disappointing performance by the Addicks although the Chairboys defended well.   Charlton have dropped to 13th behind Burton Albion.

Gareth Ainsworth was not with his Wycombe team because of Covid.

The first Charlton foul and Clare was given a yellow card by the card happy referee.  The opening twenty minutes was cagey with not a lot of chances.   It had been stop start and lacking in quality.  Charlton had not been able to use their width.

Charlton won their first corner as the half hour approached, but it was unproductive.  

A foul on Gilbey led to a yellow card for Mehmeti.   Gilbey tripped himself up in subsequent play, but he was the player making the most impression on the game.

A Wycombe counter attack saw the ball taken past Dobson by McCleary who was lost by Gilbey and the Chairboys took the lead through Vokes on 35 minutes.  Up to that point neither side had really troubled the keeper in a tight game.  There was no doubt that Charlton were missing Stockley.   Davison was lacking confidence and making a couple of mistakes.

Lee put in a great effort, making use of space between two defenders and trying to curl the ball in at the far post, but Stockdale made the save.   It gave Charlton fans some encouragement, but it was the first shot on or off target.

In the three minutes added on Wycombe won a corner, but Charlton were able to mount a final attack without result.

Steve Brown said it was a very frustrating 45 minutes, we knew we were going to come up against a very strong defensive side.  Everything we'd tried had not come off.   Structurally Wycombe were very good.  The Lee shot was after we had kept the ball for three or four passes and retained our composure.  Our passing had been sloppy.   We had not done enough as an attacking side, the front two had not linked up.   Sometimes you get players who are too similar.   We needed to spend more time trying to create.

HT: Addicks 0, Chairboys 1

A half time change was needed and Davison, who had had a poor first half, was taken off to be replaced by Leko as Charlton shot towards the Covered End.

Wycombe had a chance just 40 seconds in.   Pearce was caught in possession but former Addicks striker Hanlan could only strike straight at MacGillivray.

Wycombe won an early corner after the ball came off Jason Pearce, otherwise it might have found the net.  Clare cleared the ball away.

Gilbey fed Leko but the ball came off the post as Charlton showed more urgency.   Wycombe made a substitution in response.

The game became more stretched as Charlton pressed for an equaliser, but Wycombe took every opportunity to slow the game down.

There was a booking for Wheeler, the Wycombe sub, who pulled Gilbey back.   A slick move between Dobson and Leko fed Lee who saw his shot charged down.   Grimmer made a goal saving tackle to deny Leko in the box on 70 minutes.

McCleary shot straight at MacGillivray, missing a chance to put the game to bed.

A powerful shot by Washington after a great run went just past the post.

DJ came off and was replaced by Burstow on 84 minutes.   Dobson came off to loud applause.  Inniss came on and went straight up front.  Charlton were struggling for possession in the closing minutes. Pearce had to put the ball away for a corner.

Five minutes were added on which was not very generous given that Grimmer went down with a head injury.   McCleary got a yellow card.   A free kick by Lee was punched clear by the keeper.   Stockdale went down hurt in his goal.

Charlton got a last chance free kick, but it did not lead to a goal with the ball cleared off the line.

The pundits

Scott Minto said that Wycombe were a well oiled machine.   Steve Brown said we needed to move them around more than we did.   They forced us into what they wanted to do.   You lose match sharpness in a short period of time.   They are well drilled when they defend.   We weren't great going forward, we missed Jayden.  They stuck to the task defensively throughout, they never allowed us an easy opportunity, we were always under pressure.  They always had a defender in the right area. The first ten minutes of the first half was our best period, but then we went back to struggling again.  We didn't do enough to break them down.  None of the chances in the second period you could have said 'That should have been a goal.'

Johnnie Jackson said he did not think it was a game we should have lost, in the second half we looked the most likely, pretty much one way traffic, not saying that we necessarily did enough to win it.  I thought we stood up to their threats for 95 per cent of the game.   Most of the game's not enough, you have to do it all the game. McCleary produced a little bit of quality, gave them something to cling on to.  We didn't test the goalie enough.  A draw would have been more than fair.  It was a frustrating day.  I can't fault the attitude of my team, the quality, the decision-making in the final third, you can look at that.   The games are going to come thick and fast.'

More detailed comments by Jackson here:



One or two long-term investments in the window

Thomas Sandgaard reiterates in his programme notes for this afternoon’s game that there will be investment in the men's and women's teams in the January transfer window.   Sandgaard says there will be "one or two" longer-term investments and "some experienced loan options".

Jayden Stockley will miss the game.   Jacko said it was a bit of a niggle, not Covid related.  It shouldn't be long term, but needed watching.

Steve Brown said that it was a big miss.   It was an area where we were light which would need to be addressed in the transfer window [not easy to get a decent striker].

Another 'tough test'?

Wycombe Wanderers will be hoping to rejuvenate their promotion campaign with a win at The Valley today.  CAS Trust reckons it will be a 'tough test', but aren't they all?   CAS Trust preview:

Wycombe are currently 6th.   It's a mixed performance away from home for the Chairboys with four wins, five draws and three defeats.

Referee Paul Howard likes to give his cards an airing, dishing out one red card every four games and an average of over three yellows.