Northampton Town 0 Charlton Athletic 4
Lee, what have you done with our Charlton..
I was at Sixfields last season, it was one very depressing afternoon. It was last March, but it isn’t what difference a year makes, it’s what difference one man makes. The Lee Bowyer show blew through Sixfields this afternoon like a tornado. It was a performance of total domination and attacking devastation. Those there and from the radio said that 8-0 wouldn’t have been unrealistic.
Bowyer kept the same team but added some heavyweights to the bench in Konsa, Magennis and Mavididi. As he hinted he switched formation, but the performance had many of the qualities from last Saturday. An early goal followed by a second, a strong defensive showing, pace and effervescence in attack, and a work rate and togetherness not seen for many a season.
Reeves opened the scoring from a lovely Page cross. His first ever headed goal he said after, and finally we are starting to see good things from the ex-MKD man, and in a 4-4-2! Fosu sounded unplayable at times and I’m really happy he got on the scoresheet, his first since returning from injury. And two cracking goals as well and a beautiful dummy from Ajose for his second.
Michal Zyro and Nicky Ajose were both taken off to save them for Monday, and isn’t Nicky Ajose enjoying himself. Mavididi came on as sub as did Magennis, who got in between two defenders to head in the 4th to the delight of a buoyant away following. The players are not the only ones revitalized, we are too.
But as my mate Hungry Ted tweeted after:
Quote: “I didn’t think I’d be standing here doing it but now I am, it’s good, I enjoy it.”
Photo credit: @K_AndrewsPhotos
Hungry Ted echoes my thoughts exactly, and, I suspect, those of thousands of other Addicks out there.
I fully understand that a new owner(s) would want to put their mark on a club that they have just bought – but at the moment Charlton under Lee Bowyer are a completely different team to that of only 10 days ago. They look rejuvenated and regenerated and loosened from the shackles of a playing system that clearly wasn’t working they are bringing their own message out on the pitch. That message is that Charlton are good enough for the play-offs, and once they are there it’s a 4:1 shot for promotion to the Championship. Bringing their current form into those play-offs in May should shorten even those odds…
Whatever cunning plan you have up your sleeves to bring in your own man – please don’t….. at least not until the end of May. Give Lee Bowyer, Jacko and the team a chance to show what they can do. They have momentum and the skill and will to hopefully get the club out of this God-forsaken division up into the Championship.
If you as new owners screw this up then you’ll be in the same position as Duchatalet is now…. and it ain’t a nice place to be!! Go with the present set up and you will have proven that you have the best interests of the club at heart, even if promotion isn’t achieved at the end of the day.
This is the best shot that club have of promotion since the ridiculous relegation from the Championship under the Duchatatet regime – please don’t screw that up….
Totally agree…if it ain’t broke don’t fix it !
For the first time in a very long time I am looking forward to going to the Valley tomorrow. Hope that isn’t wrong of me.