Charlton Athletic 2 Blackpool 1
We love Waggy don’t we? I’m not convinced by him technically at this level, but no Addick can ever knock his hunger and I think like most a smile crossed my face yesterday when I saw him named in the starting XI.
Waggy is my son’s favourite player, but like a lot of supporters, he thought he’d moved on. After the 22-year old scored yesterday I saw a tweet by John Sullivan (yes, he’s still with the club too) that said: “Buzzing for you Waggy. You’ve worked so hard all season with very few rewards!” Addicks everywhere are nodding in agreement.
Waggy was back with a bang, which will either propel him into long-term first team action or a January move somewhere else!
A little bit of a rear-guard action yesterday with five in the middle, especially the first 20 minutes, but once we took the lead it sounded a whole lot more comfortable. I am, as you may know, a fan of a midfield five, and I think Powell chose well yesterday, although I don’t see Yann as a sole striker. He can do a very fine job in the hole, with someone further forward of him, but on his own, I don’t see it.
Anyway a win is a win, and a Saturday one at that. Walking out of The Valley in the 5pm dusk yesterday must have brought back some fond memories of last season for Addicks.
Undoubtedly we played the Tangerines at a good time, although the players are more familiar with Steve Thompson than the conveyor belt of managers they’ve had in recent months. Next week we are at Blackburn, and heaven knows what sort of act that circus is going to throw up?
A happy Saturday night for Addick Bloggers at The Valley: Drinking During the Game; Blackheath Addick; Doctor Kish; Kings Hill Addick; Deepest Darkest; God, Charlton and Punk Rock; Stickleback; Hungry Ted.
Powell-ometer: Back to a midfield five, giving extra protection to the rear guard with Stephens shining, added another valuable 3 points to our total.
Elsewhere: Bristol City became the 3rd manager-less club in the division after they sacked Derek McInnes following their 4-0 home defeat to Leicester, who closed the gap on Cardiff and Hull. The leaders were held by Ipswich and the Tigers surprisingly got beat at home by Sheff Wed. Palace lost at Burnley and Boro lost at home to Watford. Brighton beat Derby 2-1 and Forest did likewise to Peterborough. Bolton and Millwall was 1-1, as was Huddersfield and Birmingham. A late Hammill goal preventing Lee Clark gaining victory on his return to his former club. Barnsley leave Bristol City bottom after beating Leeds.