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Charlton Athletic 0 Doncaster Rovers 2

Cancel the open top bus, put the rosette back in the drawer we will not be going to Wembley this year, or with Lee Bowyer’s attitude any time soon. We were always cack in the cup, and now we can’t even be bothered.

I was very disappointed in the team Bowyer put out, especially the bench. Where’s the match-winner, game changer sat on there? I mean we are not playing on Tuesday, we have a week until our next game, so what’s with all the precautions? We’ve only just had an international break.

I see that Peterborough, Sunderland and Barnsley all put respectfully strong sides out today, as did Doncaster. I don’t get why Bowyer selected a team for the Mansfield replay to win. We may as well as gone out in the 1st Round.

Yes, we aren’t going to win the FA Cup but 3,000+ fans showed up and deserved better. Match ticket income is so inconsequential, they may as well made entry free. Prize money alone would possibly been more relevant than the matchday tickets. Yeah, I know gate receipts are shared.. but.

I get it, rest players, leave key ones at home, avoid injuries, but at least make a bloody effort. It’s a football match after all.

Addicks at The Valley:
Bow: “We’re never going to win the FA Cup, so where’s the missed opportunity?
Elsewhere: AFC Wimbledon, Accrington, Oxford and Barnsley all go through. Peterborough and Bradford and Walsall and Sunderland both will replay. Luton, Rochdale, Portsmouth, Shrewsbury, Scunthorpe and Gillingham all play tomorrow.
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6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Peter #

    Do not agree with your views. With what the club has and is facing with RD its a wonder we put out a team at all. We need to get promotion and that’s it nothing else. Hard decisions have to be made. Bowyer is making them, so get behind him. No doubt he wishes he had a deeper squad but he has not and the injury list is bleak.

    December 1, 2018
  2. Mal, (Texas AddicK) #

    I agree with Peter, we have a Manager who is doing his best to get us promoted, Bowyer has done so well with limited resources that were all behind him, He knows the players and what is at his disposal, If we get promoted end of season we may well be thankful we didnt have a cup run.

    December 2, 2018
  3. I respect Bowyer for being brave and picking the team he did, we need to prioritise getting out of this god awful league. There should have been no surprises for the 3,000 attending when the lineup was announced. The fact only 3,000 turned up confirms this. It is a rather sad reflection on the FA cups status these days where so few teams are actually bothered about going deep in the competition but with the paper thin squad depth RD has left us with, Bowyer is guilt free imo. Who knows, we may still have a trip to Wembley in May.

    December 2, 2018
  4. Fair play. I understand why LB did what he did in terms of first team, but that bench were just fillers and we were never going to win that game. Called me old fashioned, but would have been nice to have been in the 3rd Round draw.

    Hopefully we feel the benefit next Saturday.

    December 2, 2018
  5. rierti #

    Teams with small squads tend to find the last 3 months of the season very difficult what with injuries,suspensions and general tiredness, so the first priority must be to reach January in a challenging position, Then the team can be augmented with suitable loan signings if RD is still in charge (hopefully not) or a combination of loan signings and permanent signings of quality if a takeover is completed.
    Ajose and Reeves were very poor, Marshall came into the game more after he was able to get forward when Sarpong Wiredu came on. Clarke started well but faded in the second half, not surprising as he has just came back from a long time injury. Basically the midfield was not strong enough both technically and physically and I still cannot understand why Dijksteel was not given the chance to play defensive midfield. Yao could have played alongside Saar in central defense.
    I can see both sides of the argument about playing a weakened team but think it was a necessary decision in the circumstances.

    December 2, 2018
  6. LP #

    I’m old fashioned too CA but given our circumstances I’m not griping – but like you love at least being in the 3rd round draw. I would never have allowed ManUre back in after they completely disrespected the competiton.

    December 4, 2018

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