And so it was Preston on Saturday. The quality, with the notable exception of Zheng Zhi, was poor from both teams, and the result was entirely fair. Even the physically ludicrous contest of Matt "Captain Cleanshorts" Holland against Jon "The Beast" Parkin failed to produce anything close to anxiety for me, as I watched Charlton's season continue to die like embers in the fire.
As Mark Kinsella has been reported as saying, we may as well enjoy Zheng Zhi while we still have him. He is one of the last remaining reminders of our Premiership past, and his quality was certainly a cut above anybody else on the pitch last Saturday. A bright spark in a near dead fire. I can't even take consolation in another talent that could potentially ignite a fire for Charlton in the third division, Jonjo Shelvey. He too, will be gone come season end, albeit for, hopefully, a sensible transfer fee.