This actually felt quite good. A 2-2 draw that saw Charlton come from behind twice, displayed all the fighting qualities that will be needed if we are to stand any chance of getting out of the mire we are in. Nicky Bailey chose a good time to rediscover some form, with two well taken headers, but perhaps more worryingly, Hudson seems to be having a dip in form at a time when we can least afford it. The second goal has to go down to a defensive error by him that allowed Blackstock to get free and score. This is the third error by him recently that has led to a goal for the opposition.
More importantly for me, is that I now believe that Parkinson is definitely not the right man for the job. Although we look better than under Pardew, the lack of both consistency and motivation is still there. We were dire in the first half, but a teacup laden half time break, saw the players return to the pitch early, and for fifteen minutes after the equaliser look like the only team likely to win it, until Hudson's defensive error let QPR off the hook.
As for the sending off, yes it showed passion, but quite frankly it was stupid. Having a go at the fourth official about two penalty decisions to go against us in quick succession maybe frustrating, and show "heart", but it also shows desperation as well. But at least he cared. Had he been sent off for QPR's third goal, then fine, but the attempt was rightfully ruled out for an over zealous attempt to claim Jon Fortune's shirt off his back, when he would otherwise have easily been first to clear the ball
So the transfer window opens in five days time, but will Parkinson be the one calling the shots on who comes and who goes? Harsh as it may seem given the fight shown today, but I don't believe he should be. Weaver, and Zhi to go, will release much needed funds for a centre back, and most importantly a creative midfielder, although sadly I think they will both be loans.
P.S. Am I the only one who thinks that the detail behind the injury to Zeng Zhi is a story that should be, shall we say, more candidly explained? Preferably with a little bit more transparency than the attendance figures would be nice.