Saturday 3 February 2024

Rams versus sheep?

There are different interpretations of yesterday's defeat to Derby, although given the pessimistic nature of Charlton fans many of them tended to be gloomy.   It was Derby's sixth away win in eight, while Charlton have now gone twelve games without a win.

Some saw it as a decent performance against a strong side apart from one defensive howler.   Others thought that we frayed towards the end of the game which is certainly par for the course.

Nathan Jones will have seen the scale of the task he faces.   Fans seem divided about him, but one has to be realistic about the calibre of manager that would come to Charlton in its present condition,

Charlton did not move down the table and one needs to look at the difficulties that some of the teams below us have.   The owners have at least tried to make signings in the transfer window, although Blackett-Taylor will be missed.

Mendez-Laing put the Rams in front in the 31st minute, finishing confidently after Macaulay Gillesphey's pass was intercepted by Max Bird.

Mendez-Laing, who had been off the pitch just before that receiving treatment, was forced off seven minutes later with an injury and replaced by Tom Barkhuizen.

Tyreeq Bakinson drove over from Tayo Edun's cutback but otherwise the Addicks struggled to create chances in a first half that was disrupted by stoppages.

Charlton substitute Daniel Kanu had a header tipped over by Derby goalkeeper Josh Vickers in the 58th minute.

Bird weaved his way into the box before sliding his shot wide of the post shortly after the hour mark, but one goal proved enough for the Rams.

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