It is probably only important that David Gold enjoyed himself. The activity around his motor in the West Stand car park, suggests that for some Charlton fans, his presence, along with the fireworks display going on somewhere up the hill, that coincided with the final whistle, were the highlights of the day. Fair enough really, given the somewhat turgid nature of the match that was set out before us yesterday. Little guile, but lots of honest endeavour by both sets of players, and a well worked goal, started by Bailey, delivered by Sam, and despatched by the impressive Burton, being the difference between them seemed about right.
I was pleased to see Richardson restored to the side, albeit short lived as it turned out, but for me the unfortunate Racon looked horribly short of form. That it took as long for him to get booked is down to the ineptitude of fussy referee McDermid, as he was somewhat fortunate to stay on the park as long as he did, before making way for Spring. Had Semedo not been banned, I suspect Racon would have been on the bench, and he does look like he needs to rediscover some form again. Elsewhere the two youngsters, Wagstaff and Basey had difficult afternoons against physically stronger opponents, the latter letting in Southend for their best chance of the afternoon, which Elliot saved superbly with his legs.
With the transfer window fast approaching, the rumour mill ratchets up another gear, with Sam the Charlton player in the news, with a supposed £1m move to Newcastle. Whilst I think the move is a likely one, the transfer fee quoted seems fanciful, given that he is only months away from his contract ending. If we were to receive an offer of that magnitude, I suspect it would be too good to turn down, especially if it allows Parkinson to dabble in the market himself.