Northampton Town 2 Charlton Athletic 1
I wasn’t sure what kind of reaction Karl Robinson was looking for after Tuesday night but 1,500 fans screaming “you’re not fit to wear the shirt” might not have been quite it.
It wasn’t that they weren’t trying, because they were, it’s just that as a team they played like strangers. Defensively porous, and other than a few intelligent carry outs by Konsa always it was just a hopeful punt. A midfield wholly unable to find a telling pass and constantly caught in possession.
The two strikers Novak and Magennis playing as if they’d met for the first time before kick off. Chasing long balls and lost causes. Ex-Addick Michael Smith giving our two strikers a lesson in movement, hold up play and finishing.
From our lot only Botaka and Holmes showed any sense of urgency and came out of the game with any credit.
But the most hurtful thing to see was after Northampton scored their second, there was nothing. No response, no desire to give it a go, no desperation not to lose. Nothing. By that time Watt was on blowing wind, Ulvestad looked as if he wanted a big hole to swallow him up and Teixeira stared at a realization that actually playing will diminish his hopes of getting a move because he really isn’t anywhere near as good as he thinks he is.
It was shocking and this football club dear to so many of our hearts is broken and Robinson hasn’t a clue how to stop this runaway train that he is driving.
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Dead man walking: “There was loads of fans here trying to support. I understand that people might not like me but I’m the one that should take the criticism.”