Charlton Athletic 1 Exeter City 3
I”ll leave our mascot experience for another post because it puts the club in such a positive light I don’t want this one to ruin it!
Equally the people behind the idea, funding and hard graft that encouraged almost 25,000 people into The Valley yesterday once again made me extremely proud to be a Charlton fan and everything I have witnessed and heard about the new owners so far has impressed me greatly.
Shame about the players then.
It was a truly disappointing performance bearing in mind the effort everyone else with some affection for the club had made but those of us long enough in the tooth know how we all too often are let down.
By all accounts the first half was a big improvement on recent games but apart from a couple of BWP-inspired moments we were so lucklustre in front of a willing crowd, a size that perhaps only Dailly and Doherty had played in front of before Perhaps that was the problem?)
The first half fizzled out and Charlton appeared to lose any stimulus that the big crowd had provided. As the 2nd half developed I could see that the Exeter players (and their band of supporters) grew in confidence. In Harley, Golbourne and Noble the Grecians had men that could pick a pass on a wet surface and the same could not be said for us.
From our front row seats in the NW Quadrant Abbott was desperately unlucky with a curling effort that hit the bar, and that turned out to be the turning point as within minutes Exeter silenced The Valley by taking the lead.
It was then with still plenty of time remaining I got pissed off. Powell made no changes, the back four continued to hurl hopeless balls forward, McCormack confirmed he is playing a division too high, Jackson didn’t know where he was playing, BWP looked disinterested, Abbott was isolated, Eccleston was a one man show and then Doherty effectively ended the game by gifting O’Flynn a second. Game over.
Kyel Reid was getting ready to come on at the time Doherty attempted his header back to Elliot, but when he did finally enter the fray I thought he and Racon improved us going forward and there were a couple of scrambles in our favour before Elliot joined Doherty in the dunces corner by clearly bringing down O’Flynn and Harley crashed home as Robbie stood and watched.
To be fair the crowd kept with them and at least we got to see a goal but BWP’s flick-in from a fine Doherty shot was just a consolation.
Not good enough and I will come back to this later in the week but I’m finding it hard to blame Powell after he hugged me like a long lost friend just before kick off but the result was not only 3 points lost but a PR disaster too.
Fellow Addick Bloggers in the 24,767: Drinking During the Game; Kings Hill Addick; Charlton Casual; Blackheath Addicted; Addicks Diary; Doctor Kish; From The Hill To The Valley; And Nothing Else Matters; Deepest Darkest; Mike’s Meanderings.
CA fact: One to put a smile on Addicks’ faces. Yesterday’s home attendances: Millwall 11,871; Palace 14,241; Charlton 24,767.