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Monday, 6-Oct-2008 14:43 Email | Share | | Bookmark

CAFC 2 Charlton 1, 04/10/08
Having sat through two disheartening home defeats I suppose it was inevitable that we'd win when I was out of the country and missing the game

Thanks once again to Geoff for deputising as photographer!

Monday, 29-Sep-2008 08:23 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Pressure on Pardew

CAFC 1 Sheffield Wednesday 2, 27th September 2008
'Super Al' is going to have to come up with a few solutions if our season isn't going to fizzle out completely before Christmas. Indeed, he might find himself looking for gainful employment before too long if things don't improve - after the Wolves loss the Charlton chairman was rumoured to have descended in thunderous mood on the dressing room, and given the amount of personal investment he has in the club one can't be altogether surprised.

Yet again, when players around him simply weren't delivering, Matt Holland was exemplary in effort, vision and skill. And when Pardew startlingly moved him into the back four when he substituted an obviously less-than-fit Primus there were no complaints from the crowd - you can depend on him in all circumstances.

There were unimpressive performances from the rest of the team, with the exception of goalscorer Varney, who was lucky to stay on the pitch when he was booked. Sam and Youga continue to be liabilities, Bailey and Bouazza ranted at each other after Wednesday scored, and opinion is divided over Hudson's worth. Why Moutouakil and Semedo are consistently overlooked, even for the bench, is a mystery to most.

It's a shame really - it was a beautifully sunny day, and a decent home win would have sent us all home in an equally sunny mood. As it is, we can expect the crowds to begin to dwindle below the 20,000 mark as supporters make a choice between cold, dark midweek games and a quiet night in front of the TV watching live Premiership matches. On Saturday, there were no queues in my part of the West Stand for food and drink, which is surely a very bad sign for the club.

Saturday, 13-Sep-2008 18:27 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Having a laugh

CAFC 1 Wolves 3, 13/09/2008
When Nicky Bailey smashed in a long range volley after only three minutes it looked as if our home form was getting even better. However, by half time it was apparent that Wolves had settled and at least matched us in performance terms; the early taunts directed at Wolves from the North Stand - 'Top of the League? You're having a laugh!' - were already sounding like hubris by this point.

The Wolves equaliser gave them confidence and two late goals completed their emphatic victory. To their credit, with only minutes remaining they didn't try to sit on their 2-1 lead, and caught us out when they flooded forward at the close to get their third.

Quite where this leaves Charlton, and especially Pardew, is unclear. He really seems to be having problems establishing us in the top half of the Championship, let alone in the top six. Maybe before Christmas either he or his employers will conclude that he needs some time out of the game to 'recharge his batteries'.

It was disappointing, with fifteen minutes remaining and the match still there for the winning, to see the home crowd starting to leave. Actually, 'disappointing' is quite a miserable euphemism for those involved. And when the second Wolves goal went in an alarming number of home 'supporters' decided it was time to put the kettle on rather than stay and urge on the team.

'Loyal supporters? You're having a laugh!'

Sunday, 24-Aug-2008 19:22 Email | Share | | Bookmark
A spirited performance

CAFC 4 Reading 2, 23rd August 2008
When Varney scored to restore Charlton's lead he, and several team mates, dashed over to Pardew and mobbed him. That's the first real sign of team spirit that I've seen at The Valley for a long time, and I found it immensely encouraging.

It was a warmly welcomed victory, especially for the Reading-based Addicks at the Rose of Denmark, who'd had to suffer obnoxious verbal abuse whilst travelling home after the previous match against the Royals - see the report dated 11-Apr-2007.

Throughout the match Charlton played with an enthusiasm and energy that set pulses racing, providing a thinnish crowd with superb entertainment. It's still far too early to predict this season's outcome with any real confidence, but if we see more performances like this, especially away from home, we can hope for at least a top 6 finish.

Friday, 22-Aug-2008 20:17 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Here we go again

CAFC 2 Swansea 0. 9th August 2008
I missed the opening game of the season with what I can honestly describe as a fairly decent excuse - I was on honeymoon in Turkey. Still, I'm back now and (sort of) raring for the new season. My apologies to the Swansea supporters for the late appearance of this opening Members of the Opposition photo of 2008/09.

This will be the seventh consecutive season in which we've invited visiting supporters to join us in a match day photograph. It'd be nice to think that next season we'd be back in the Premiership, mainly because it'd mean that we'd get free season tickets for having renewed this season. But I suspect that we've got a few more seasons of Championship toil in front of us.

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