Tied in Notts
Notts County 1 Charlton Athletic 0
I actually thought at times last night we played quite well. It wasn’t pretty and the pitch was a dog, but we did enough to take a point didn’t we? Anyinsah and Eccleston’s pace caused them a lot of problems, especially in the first half but for some composure one of them would have scored, and but for a reckless challenge by County ‘keeper Nelson, then Joe would almost certainly have scored. A free-kick 30 yards out and a yellow card was little justice.
Yet, for the 3rd consecutive game we lost. BWP, who I felt looked a bit disinterested throughout missed a sitter in the first and then had a poor penalty saved by Nelson, who shouldn’t have been on the pitch.
It was a horribly messy goal to concede. Francis’ misfortune aside, it came from another set-piece and Powell has to work on this. Jenkinson, a surprise inclusion at left-back, was a plus point but Doherty and Dailly played far too many lofted anywhere-will-do-passes.
Eventually we ran out of ideas, the introduction of Waggy and Reid made no difference and with the heavy pitch taking it’s toll, we left Meadow Lane pointless and for the first time in Powell’s reign goalless.
Powell made it clear in his Evening Standard interview on the way he wants us to play the game, which would have pleased us all, but at the moment with the players he has mostly inherited he has to play to our strength’s. Pace is one of them but too often our attacking players end up chasing lost causes. We are desperately missing a creative player that can fill the massive void between the back two and their protector Semedo and the wide players and a lone front man.
We have now slipped five points from the play-off places and this is a test for Chris now. He was anxious to stress how important our Valley form needs to be and with two homes games in a week it’s time for him and the players to show us how.