Wigan Athletic 2 Charlton Athletic 0
An uncharacteristic performance up at Wigan yesterday as we fell to our second consecutive defeat of the season. Not good enough according to Lee Bowyer. The almost 1,000 Addicks there would have agreed.
Two goals, one in each half, from set-pieces were more than the difference as we were comfortably beaten. We now head into back to back tough games. If we hadn’t found out how formidable this division can be, we might in the next couple of weeks.
Yet, we’ve proven under Bow we can mix it, and cannot be written off, but Leeds and Fulham are a big, big test. A test without Taylor.
I wonder perhaps we are too overloaded with options in midfield. The first 6 weeks of the season seemed such a seamless transition, that I forget that Bowyer is still trying to find his best team, and I know he picks a team for an occasion, but he won’t always get it right.
Bowyer was not happy post match, which pleased me. He has high standards, and they cannot afford to slip. I trust him to do everything this week to bring those levels back.
Addicks at The DW Stadium: Doctor Kish;
Bow: “Disappointing is an understatement, that was the worst we’ve played since I’ve been in charge in the first half. We couldn’t put three passes together… that’s not us.”
Elsewhere: Leeds stay top despite Derby’s late equalizer. Stoke and Brentford was goalless as was Bristol City and Swansea. Barnsley lost at Forest 1-0, Millwall went down to two Nahki Wells goals and Luton were thrashed at home by Hull. Huddersfield were beaten 4-2 at West Brom today despite a Karlan Grant goal.
Odd isn’t it – we’ve gone from the best Bow has seen us play to the worst in a very short space of time.
I think this defeat/the one v Birmingham highlights that the championship is as tough as we thought it would be after all and that teams need to work hard, concentrate for 90 minutes and take their chances when they come. There’s not much difference between winning and losing in this division and a slight drop off in focus and intensity quickly turns into defeats.
And while we have plenty of midfield options we have really missed Lyle Taylor up front, it’s not just for the goals and assists and the way he attracts markers and takes a defender out of the game, it’s the graft he offers in midfield and on the wing, in defence etc where he has added a bit more depth, his game is a lot more than just being a forward. Hemed is by contrast a bit more static and an old-fashioned centre forward in that he waits for service.
Very well put SP.