Rochdale 1 Charlton Athletic 0
I was thinking before the game, that with no disrespect to Rochdale, if a team is to win promotion from this league then these are the kind of games that have to be won. Dale have lost at home to Peterborough, Barnsley, Walsall, Portsmouth and Doncaster already this season.
However a Charlton win never looked likely today. I watched on ifollow and we were hugely disappointing. There was effort and Pearce for example, had an excellent game, but Dale had our number. They closed us down at every opportunity, chased us into every corner, they defended in packs, and further to their credit, they showed plenty of threat going forward led by the experienced Henderson.
We meanwhile were unable to change up the way we played. Lacking energy and continually, laboriously playing the ball out from defence, often giving the ball away in our own third, and rarely inciting any worthwhile attacks.
Bowyer was more decisive with his substitutions today but the wily Keith Hill had us sussed. Despite a makeshift defence, this team is much better than this, but too many are inconsistent, or put another way, mid table League One players. It’s time for less talk of promotion and more talking on the field.
The first half we were poor, but slowly started to get a grip on the game, and then missed a penalty. We hit the bar twice and Cullen had a goal that was disallowed, but Dale were well worth their win.
This division is better than last year. The sides at the bottom are far better than last season, and teams like Rochdale, Wycombe, Gillingham, Fleetwood, Walsall and Southend all carry threats and can beat any team on their day.
We need to be better. Consistently better, otherwise this sadly is our level.
Addicks at Spotland: Doctor Kish
Bow: “I’ve just questioned attitude.”
Elsewhere: Might start looking below us! Bradford are going through a terrible time and lost for the fifth consecutive time 4-0 at Gillingham. Oxford beat Shrewsbury 3-0 and Plymouth had a very good win at Scunthorpe 4-1 to leave the Bantams bottom. Wimbledon were beaten again, this time by Luton and Bistol Rovers, who played well at Barnsley, went down 1-0.