Friday 18 March 2022

Going for a Burton?

What America Addick Doug Chapman calls 'the fellowship of the miserable' among Charlton supporters had their relegation narrative punctured by an admittedly scrappy win over the mighty Gills, but there is no doubt that we need more points on the board, if only to secure a respectable finish.

The visit of Burton Albion tomorrow should present an opportunity, not least if both Stockley and Washington start.  Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has trotted out the usual guff about it being a 'tough' fixture which gives him an alibi if they lose and allows him to wear the victor's crown if they win.   A draw and he can say it is a good away point.

When he was with us at the end of his career Hasselbaink had the turning circle of a Russian oil tanker sent back to port with its cargo.   However, he has done a decent job in allowing the Brewers to continue to punch above their weight.

Burton don't have a strong away record, having won four, drawn four and lost eleven.  Two weeks ago they lost 4-1 to Gobby's Oxford United at the three sided stadium with its unrivalled view of a car park.

In the clash of the former non-league clubs last Saturday they beat Fleetwood Town 3-2 in front of a crowd of 2,648, a figure exceeded by some National League clubs.  Former Everton striker Oumar Niasse scored two of the goals.   Fleetwood opened their scoring with an own goal from one Deji Oshilaja.  Burton's goals were scored from second phases from set plays which is a concern for Charlton given our vulnerability there.

At the beginning of the season a forecast a 3-0 win, but now I would be content with a win by a one goal margin.

According to CAS Trust it might be our best chance to get a double this season:

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