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Friday, 6-Aug-2010 12:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Last season's composite photo

Full season 2009/10
Just in time for the new season!

Wednesday, 19-May-2010 09:59 Email | Share | | Bookmark
A huge disappointment

CAFC 2 Swindon 1, 17th May 2010 (lost 4-5 on penalties)
The flag heads sideways, just like the club
My apologies to the Swindon supporters who have been waiting for this photo - somehow I seem to have blanked the match from my mind for 24 hours

It was a cracking match, with Charlton having 60% of the play and the majority of the shots on goal, but Swindon defended resolutely and were always dangerous when they broke upfield. At 2-0 up against ten men Charlton should have killed off the game and the fact that they didn't wasn't that they didn't try hard enough. It must have been a wonderful night and journey home for Swindon's supporters.

Our defeat was mainly down to Nicky Bailey, firstly for his idiotic pass to the opposition when he had colleages well placed both sides of him and secondly for his complete loss of composure when taking his penalty, blasting it well clear of the goal.

But to offer him a crumb of comfort (even that feels too much) it has to be said that in a better team his failings would have been less apparent. They played out of their skins on Monday night but were (narrowly) still second best to another team that couldn't manage automatic promotion. These are worrying times, as we're still dependent on loanees who will leave, youngsters who'll probably not make the grade, experienced players who'll look elsewhere and ageing players who have a limited playing future.

In the meanwhile, best wishes to Swindon for their 3rd place match against Millwall - there can't be a single Addick who wouldn't want them to win THAT one!

Sunday, 2-May-2010 09:50 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Playoffs? Better?

CAFC 1 Leeds 0, 1st May 2010
The Leeds game saw the biggest crowd at The Valley for a couple of seasons - 23,198, easily topping the 20,000 who attended the Norwich game. Predictably, with so much at stake for Leeds as well as for Charlton, the Jimmy Seed stand was packed and very noisy.

Just as in our last game a single goal decided the match, but this time it was scored by Charlton. Akpo Sodje's powerful header was deflected into the net by a Leeds defender, but Akpo celebrated as if it was all his own work - you could hardly blame him.

The game had been gripping throughout, with both teams consistently playing for the win, aware that a this would make a huge difference to their prospects of promotion - in the event, Millwall's loss would have meant automatic promotion for Leeds had they won. BBC statistics showed that possession was shared equally, with 8 attempts on target for Charlton against 7 for Leeds. Leeds' best chance came with seconds to go when Randolph, who had an excellent game, saved dramatically at point blank range.

So, we're in the play-offs, but still have a slim chance of the second automatic promotion spot - we're in fifth place and a mere three points cover second place down to sixth. Interestingly. Millwall have to play Swindon at home next weekend (3rd plays 4th), so if they draw and Leeds lose at home to Bristol Rovers we get the second automatic spot - yeah, right

If things end up as they now are we'll face Swindon in the play-offs, and if we get past that considerable hurdle we could face Millwall at Wembley - that's a fixture that could present a few policing problems!

Sunday, 18-Apr-2010 11:22 Email | Share | | Bookmark

CAFC 0 Norwich 1, 17th April 2010
Norwich celebrated BEFORE the match!
A year ago we beat Norwich at The Valley and dragged them down with us to League One. This time they beat us to gain promotion back to the Championship at the first attempt - amazingly, other results meant that we can still gain automatic promotion alongside them.

The pre-match session at the Rose of Denmark was as good as any we've experienced in a fair while. The sun was hot, the skies were clear blue and the pub was absolutely heaving. There was a huge proportion of Norwich supporters there from an early point and they seemed to be having as much fun as we were. There was the usual informative chat with the people in the day's photo, with them regretting the loss of two key players and fearing the worst due to their consistently poor record in London in recent seasons. I That should have told me that they'd win, but I optimistically went for a 1-0 home win in the prediction competition.

Ignoring the final scoreline, this was an enjoyable game for home supporters, with sustained pressure on the opposition and loads of shots at goal. The stats were:
Possession Charlton 68% Norwich 32%
Attempts on target Charlton 9 Norwich 2
Attempts off target Charlton 7 Norwich 1
Corners Charlton 9 Norwich 1

At times it seemed as if Norwich were barely holding on, and these numbers support that. However, their goalie was in superb form, and their goal came from a determined effort that we just didn't defend against properly. The atmosphere was electric for much of the much, with the 20,023 crowd responding enthusiastically to Dave Lockwood's usual cry of 'Let's make some noise for the boys!'

So, just the one home game to go, against Leeds, the Norwich boys' club to hate following bad experiences when Leeds came to town. By then, if Leeds continue to suffer and we can turn yesterday's form into a storming away win at Exeter next weekend, we might be teeing up a cracking end to the season when we play away at Oldham. Let's hope that Oldham are safe from relegation by then and have an off day

Incidentally, there was no photo from last Tuesday night's Colchester game because there were no away supporters in the RoD - well, none that were showing their colours, anyway. It was a bit surprising given that it was during the school holiday, plus the importance of the match to them and the relatively short distance to The Valley

Monday, 5-Apr-2010 17:41 Email | Share | | Bookmark

CAFC 1 Carlisle 0, 5th April 2010
Before the match we had the excitement of Yeovil's spirited although doomed fightback against Leeds to watch on TV, and it left us hopeful for a positive afternoon's results. In the event, all of the teams above us won, and our 1-0 victory merely kept us in touch.

Having said that, it's all very tight at the top, with only two points separating us in fifth from Swindon in second. Let's keep winning, eh?

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