Charlton Athletic 0 Peterborough United 1
The misery continued for Addicks tonight. After the Daily Mail carried a story that Roland Duchatelet is refusing to pay a 10% bonus on salaries to certain staff if specific cross-cutting targets, put in place by the Belgian, were met. Those targets driven home by latest puppet Lieven de Turck have been achieved amongst job losses and a hard restructuring of expenditures across the whole club.
These normal hard working people have worked in a rudder-less and depressing environment for a long time, but have had promises broken by a multi-millionaire pocketing any incoming cash he can and notably refusing to give academy players, lauded by him initially, bottled water and taking out paper towels from the dispensers.
Now we know what a c*** Duchatelet is, but.. Richard Murray. Hold your sorry head in shame.
Apparently the club said they will talk to staff first before responding to the Daily Mail and other media. The story was also in the Belgium press. Meanwhile the EFL sit and do nothing.
That was this morning. Tonight we had a chance at least to put a smile on our faces, but we were playing against unbeaten Peterborough, and it’s early I know, but Posh alongside Portsmouth and Barnsley look a few steps ahead of the rest of the division.
Nonetheless from the radio, and particularly in the 2nd half the Addicks matched their visitors and were on top leading into the last minute when referee James Linington gave what sounded a very dubious penalty. Jason Cummings sent Phillips the wrong way and Steve Evans was so excited he gave birth to triplets on the touchline. Honestly is there a more unpleasant man in football?
Bowyer blew a gasket, Addicks everywhere slumped their heads, Steve Evans ate another burger and Roland Duchatelet did not a give a shit.
How more depressing can it get?
Addicks at The Valley: Charlton Aesthetic;
Bow: “I don’t know whether their manager because he is this big geezer standing on the side and bullying the fourth official – constantly hammering the fourth official – maybe he’s afraid, I don’t know. Maybe he has been bullied into that because every slight decision went to them. Every single one.”
Elsewhere: Barnsley put 4 past away at Rochdale, but it is Pompey who share a 100% record with Peterborough after they won late at Bristol Rovers. Walsall won at Wimbledon and Luton beat Southend 2-0. Oxford lost again after Accrington came from behind to win 3-2 at the Kassam.