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Old Coulsdon, United Kingdom
An acquired refugee from the days of exile at Selhurst Park, my first game being a dreary 1-1 draw with Millwall. I followed the team back to The Valley, and have now been with them for over twenty years. You will find me in the Rose of Denmark or in the Lower West. Follow me on Twitter @DeepestDarkest1

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Charlton 3 Peterboro 2

The first half of this match was like watching a match pre Sir Chris, with aimless hoofing and squandered possession being the order of the day. I was still surprised to hear the booing as the whistle went for half time though. As short lived and half hearted as the discontent was, it served as a reminder that while the love affair with the manager continues unabated, the desire to see better performance levels remains just as key to supporters.

It would be unfair to lay the blame for the abject first half performance totally at the players door though.  Peterboro took the fight to Charlton in an injury disrupted first half, pressing all over the pitch, and could easily have gone in at the break two or three goals to the good, rather than just the one that actually separated the teams. It was down to a half time team talk, and the introduction of Abbott for the subdued Wagstaff that saw Charlton's fortunes  transformed in the second half.

Abbott has never really won the hearts and minds of Charlton supporters, but his performance yesterday will have gone some way to changing peoples perception of him. It was an intelligent display, and really brought the best out of Eccleston in particular. For me, he was man of the match, closely followed by Semedo, who even took time out from defending the back line to clip Tomlin round the ear, out of sight of the replacement referee, but in full view of an enraged Peterboro bench.

What this game showed though, was the team's new found strength instilled by Sir Chris, and the age old weaknesses, which need to be addressed if Charlton are to challenge until the end of the season. As immense as Doherty in particular was at the heart of the defence, both he and Dailly were vulnerable to the pace of the Peterboro front line. The glaring weakness though was in the middle of the park. Whether it is McCormack or Racon, and Sir Chris currently seems to favour the former, the reality is that neither really hits the spot.

But, played four, won four is a stat that cannot be argued with, and the top of the third division gets ever tighter. With results elsewhere going the way of the top six, Huddersfield and Oldham fighting out a draw being the only exception, Charlton hold station in fifth, and those games in hand become ever more crucial.  


  1. Good assessment DD. I think Fry may be the answer in the centre of defence alongside Dailly who can sheperd him. I like Racon whilst I appreciate he's not the complete article he's better than McCormack I feel and sholud return with a point to prove.
    Abbott wasn't given much of a chance under Parky so hopefully his performance yesterday will see him get that. I'd be more than happy to see Eccleston on the right too. Add to that Joe is waiting to return when fit......suddenly we've some genuine competition up front.
    Those games in hand will stretch our squad so fingers crossed on injuries and suspensions...so we don't need pointless bookings and hopefully someone will speak to Jose about that ! Such a great player and his temper seems to be his Achilles heel.

  2. I have been very disappointed with McCormack since his early days. I thought we were getting a strong combative, hassling midfielder. He hasn't been that and he certainly cannot provide the required craft. Part of the problem I thought was that we had not decided on his best position; however he has now played right and central and not excelled in either.
    Racon has had some indifferent games (but some good spells as well).
    It is diificult to see how McCormack is confining him to the bench.

  3. I couldnt have put it better myself