Burton Albion 1 Charlton Athletic 2
Daylight Robbery last night as we stole all three points from Burton, who dominated the game in almost every way. I listened in on the radio to segments and we couldn’t seem to get any kind of hold on the game.
We were under the cosh from the off and eventually conceded to a penalty but soon equalized as Grant scored his 10th league of the season. That’s 9 penalties we’ve had so far and we are still in November.
2nd half was a similar tale. Then as I checked my phone from the pub to make sure we were still hanging on for a point it flashed up that Jason Pearce had got us the winner. Pearce, my MoM on Saturday, was supposedly legendary last night as was the rest of our defensive unit.
The shots and corners stats spoke for themselves, but the togetherness and spirit in this squad knows no bounds as they compete and battle like a team of Lee Bowyer mini-me’s.
Winning is a habit and if you can play crap on a cold Tuesday night halfway up the country, and still take all three points, often good things happen. Promotion teams are built from results like last night.
The result doesn’t hide, because it was obvious, that we really struggled in midfield. A midfield with an average age of 21.5 so hardly surprising but also a consequence of putting square pegs in round holes. We really miss Cullen. We really miss JFC, and as much as I like Bielik, it takes an experienced game-reader to play at the defensive point of a diamond midfield. Pratley and Clarke have also been played there.
The midfield needs sorting, maybe we have to go 4-4-2 in certain games. I don’t know. That’s not for now.
Finally, the 650-odd Addicks up there last night were unbelievable. There was just constant noise and backing. Great stuff.
Addicks at Pirelli Stadium: Doctor Kish;
Bow: “That’s the best three points we’ve won this season because those are the ones that you don’t deserve.”
Elsewhere: Portsmouth won again beating Walsall 2-0. In the top of the table clash Sunderland were 3-0 up over Barnsley after half hour and eventually won 4-2. Luton move 3rd after smashing 4 past Bradford and Peterborough beat Wimbledon 1-0. Doncaster beat Blackpool 2-0.
Bielik looks more comfortable in the back line (3 or 4). The holding position in midfield is a definite problem because of Cullen’s injury, Pratley (also injured) didn’t look the part. Dijksteel was dropped presumably blamed for the goal on Saturday ( I hope not) so is unlikely to get a chance there. We lack both experience and physical power in the middle of the park so will struggle until January when we may be able to recruit. Last Saturday also proved we need a powerful forward to support Grant if Taylor is missing.