Wednesday 7 December 2022

New boss will have a 'job on their hands'

'Whoever comes in has got a job on their hands' was the verdict of the ITV4 commentators after Charlton went down to a 3-1 defeat in their FA Cup replay against Stockport County at Edgeley Park.  It confirmed my view that the problem is as much the players as the manager.

The commentators rightly said that Charlton were second class in every department.  The substitutes made little difference with DJ being particularly ineffective.  Aneke was only on for the first half and achieved little then.   The commentators said that the Addicks players lacked desire and commitment.

'A Thomas Sandgaard out' banner was shown twice on television.  However, after four unsatisfactory owners, can one be sure that a fifth one would be any better?

Charlton took an early lead as an error from County keeper Ben Hinchliffe saw him flap at a corner and the ball bounce in off his own defender Akil Wright.

Stockport began to take control of the tie with Collar side-footing an equaliser as County spurned a number of good first-half efforts.  Ryan Rydel's free-kick hit the Charlton post early in the second half before Collar blasted home his second from eight yards out before converting a penalty soon after.

The game was a first in charge for Addicks caretaker boss Anthony Hayes and the Irishman made seven changes to the side that lost 1-0 at Cheltenham.

Despite an unchanged side from the one that won 5-0 at Hartlepool on Saturday, Stockport found themselves a goal down from the first corner of the game. Hinchliffe was unsighted as he palmed away a waist-high ball which bounced off defender Wright and dribbled over the line.

County began to get back into it with Macauley Southam-Hales looking dangerous down the right and his cross saw Craig MacGillivray pull off a wonderful one-handed save from Paddy Madden's diving header midway through the first half.

But MacGillivray could do nothing to stop the equaliser as Rydel's powerful low shot from the left corner of the 18-yard box came back off the foot of the right post and straight to Collar who made no mistake from six yards.

Charlton were lucky not to concede a 30th-minute penalty when Sean Clare appeared to push over Myles Hippolyte while MacGillivray did well to keep out two Paddy Madden efforts in quick succession five minutes later.

Collar saw a header go wide before Rydel struck the upright in the 50th minute as Stockport began the second half as they had ended the first.

But they had to wait until the 73rd minute to go ahead when Hippolyte's ball into the box was knocked into Collar's path by Kyle Wootton and he blasted home right-footed.

Collar completed his hat-trick from the spot after Ollie Crankshaw had been fouled in the box by George Dobson, and although Jack Payne went close during nine minutes of stoppage time, Charlton's woes continued.


  1. Quote A Thomas Sandgaard out' banner was shown twice on television. However, after four unsatisfactory owners, can one be sure that a fifth one would be any better? Endquote

    Does this mean you still have faith in Sandgaard? If so I think after last night, you're on your own.

  2. Just think we need to be cautious about welcoming any new owner as a saviour. I'm not convinced that Sandgaard is going to sell.

  3. I would add that Sandgaard was naive about the money and expertise needed to get promotion and has been unwilling to listen to those with relevant experience instead relying on family members.