Colchester United 3 Charlton Athletic 3
I didn’t manage to get over to Colchester on Saturday (about an hour from where we were staying with friends), but sat in front of the BBC’s Football League Show last night to watch some highlights of what must have easily been the best game in the division yesterday and they gave us a couple of flipping minutes. They didn’t even show Benno’s disallowed goal. What a joke programme that is.
Anyway onto the game…. once again we just don’t have enough about us to dominate games against 11 or 10 players, a problem that both Brighton and Southampton don’t seem to have. However to come from behind 3 times showed a lot of character and it has been rare this season that Addicks have had cause to complain about lack of fight within the side. Whether come May this alone will be enough only time will tell.
Two fine penalties from Jackson and an almost out of character cracking overhead from Benson were our goalscorers, and in fact Benson was unlucky not score two, when his goalbound effort was handled on the goal line for Jackson’s 2nd pen.
So a weather disrupted festive period has seen just two games so far and on the face of it two decent results but two really should have been 6. Swindon tomorrow back at The Valley becomes a big, big game and Parky will be wanting to meet Michael Slater after the final whistle on the back of a good result.
Matt Fry and Marcel Siep’s loan deals all end tomorrow, whilst Ipswich have a call-back clause on Lee Martin. I suspect Siep will go back to Plymouth, but Fry and Martin will be on Slater’s agenda I’m sure alongside any transfer kitty and the new owners plans for Parky, Breacker and Kinsella.
We arrived back in Bermuda a little earlier this evening and with the Swindon game being televised, after failing to get to either Brighton or Colchester, I hope to watch the Addicks somehow tomorrow.
The Addickted at Colchester: Addicks Diary.
CA fact: Johnnie Jackson has scored the same amount of goals that Deon Burton had at this stage a year ago. Burton scored just two more goals in the 2nd half of last season.