Tuesday 22 February 2022

Pall of gloom hangs over Valley

Charlton fans have a reputation for being negative and pessimistic, but they may feel it is justified at the moment.   Tonight they face an on form MK Dons at The Valley with both attacking and defensive worries.

All three forwards are out, so one might as well let Mason Burstow lead the line.  He showed some attacking intent after he came on against Oxford on Saturday.   The fact that he is leaving in the summer does not mean that he will not do his best for us.

With Sean Clare suspended and Ryan Inniss unlikely to play, recent defensive weaknesses are likely to be compounded.   Jason Pearce may well return, but he lacks pace.  Chris Gunter may feature, although he has been out of favour.  

MK Dons are third in the table and third in the form table (where Charlton are 10th).  Away from home they have won nine, drawn five and lost only three, scoring 33 goals.

The Franchisees beat Sunderland 2-1 away on Saturday.   Admittedly, Blunderland are third from bottom in the form table, but the victory margin could have been bigger but for some heroics by their keeper.  MK were particularly threatening on the break which is where Charlton's defence is often exposed.

Fans who assert this is the worst Charlton team ever were clearly not watching football in the 1970s or even the 1950s.  Players are far fitter, pitches are better and there is proper coaching.   Comparisons of table positions are invalid because League One has far stronger teams than the old third division.

Unfortunately it looks like a defeat tonight.

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