Charlton Athletic 2 Swindon Town 4
The last time Swindon visited The Valley Addicks fans ended the evening distraught but with at least a sense of pride. There was no pride this evening, just despair.
From start to finish this was a woeful display. For the umpteenth time this season we were lacking in ideas and any kind of creativity. With our first meaningful attack Johnnie Jackson scored again, this time from a lucky deflection and we were fortunate to see the goal stand. TV replays showed a handball and an offiside. But it did and it was a great opportunity to push on.
But we didn’t, Swindon continued to dominate while we just launched long balls forward and the midfield ran around in circles trying to work out Parky’s 4-3-3 or 4-5-1 system and Swindon fully deserved their 41st minute equaliser.
At the break Michael Slater would have been hoping along with 14,000 others that Parky would demonstrate some managerial skills. He didn’t.
The 2nd half was completely ruled by the team with one away win all season and for Addicks, a very familiar story was being played out in front of them. Parky changed it, but nothin changed and it was a shocking performance with no one coming out with an ounce of credit.
Fortune came in for Doherty today but our back five is so fragile and when Christian Dailly made an arse of himself on the edge of his own box, Charlie Austin punished us with ease.
Swindon scored twice more, and Austin had another ruled out for offside, which replays showed to be harsh and boos rung around the empty Valley seats. Abbott scored the goal of the game (and his first Charlton league goal) but sadly for him, no one cared.
I watched the game on an internet feed while sat in my little-un’s playroom as she crawled and climbed around with a smile on her face. At The Valley my fellow Addicks’ were not as fortunate as they gave up another day of their lives.
We’ve been told that the new owners have reassured Parky about his job, but if today was an induction test, then it was a disastrous fail. There were audible choruses of “Parky Out” and the final whistle was met with loud boos. Parky’s tactics did not work and if the players wanted to show Slater and Jimenez that they want to play for their manager, then they had a funny way of showing it.
I hope Parky was well prepared for his first meeting with Michael Slater this evening.
Depressed Addicks at The Valley: Addicks Diary; Drinking During the Game; Charlton Casual; Deepest Darkest; Blackheath Addicted.
CA fact: That’s one point in our last 3 home games against 3 of the bottom 5 sides.