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Franchise FC 2 Charlton Athletic 0
It was a busy day at work….

On a deceptively mild evening in Milton Keynes, Chris Powell adopted a naively unbalanced formation for this vital clash. Powell once again proved he is tactically unsure of his best team, as his side sought to avoid a fifth defeat in six.

The first fifteen minutes were cagey, with Powell’s men seemingly unable to gain a foothold. Benson was unlucky with a 28th minute half-chance, after finding himself on the end of a mishit Francis cross.

McCormack and Semedo were typically uncreative, placing too much pressure on Racon and Wagstaff. In defence, Dailly was uncomfortably slow whilst alongside him Jenkinson again displayed signs of promise.

The MK Dons opener was brilliantly taken as Powell fizzed in a low shot. At the other end, Charlton offered little threat, and were too reliant on pointless long balls. Despite falling behind, Powell appeared deep in thought on the sidelines, clueless how to turn the game around.

The half-time whistle was greeted with boos by the not surprisingly disappointing away support.

Powell did not make any changes at the interval showing an unwillingness to make substitutions. The Addicks were slow to get going after the break, with Wagstaff continuing to frustrate. MK Dons looked the likelier to score, and with an hour gone Powell appeared bereft of ideas.

Charlton didn’t equalise in the 74th minute.

In an attacking switch, McCormack was replaced by BWP as Powell tried to secure a valuable point. Racon had a chance but put the ball in row z, and then Paul Benson was sent off for the 2nd time this season after trapping a MK Dons ankle and not the football.

MK Dons then scored a 2nd as Charlton’s tired-looking defence stood still. A depressing defeat then that leaves the Addicks adrift of a play-off berth.

It’s important that Powell is given time/the sack* because it’s clear the team continues to evolve/has not progressed* since Parky was rightly/unfairly* dismissed.

Addicks wishing they had never heard of Milton Keynes: Charlton Life;
CA fact: This blog post is brought to you under copyright by New York Addick.

5 Comments Post a comment
  1. kap10 #

    A bad day at the office following another bad day at the office – the days of promise in January seem so long away. It’s difficult to know where we and cp go from here other than get to may faster than a speeding bullet and then review, revise and group.

    March 9, 2011
  2. newyorkaddick #

    Outstanding report, CA.

    You’re teasing us with that last paragraph.

    March 9, 2011
  3. Tease or not, one has to say that on essentially the same resources Parks did not do too bad in terms of results unti the very end, and who is to say he could not have conjured up some sort of a resurgence after the venting of the new Board’s spleen to extert/demonstrate their authority.

    March 9, 2011
    • Probably the difference between an experienced manager and a novice Mike.

      I think most of us think that Parky would have gained more points in 10 games than Powell did, especially with the addition of BWP and Eccleston.

      Powell is a long term play depending I assume on how long the crowd and the owners stay with him.

      Nonetheless in the short term Parky might have got us up. I don’t think he would have kept us up, but a Championship relegation fight is only a pipe dream at the moment.

      March 9, 2011

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