Charlton Athletic 0 Preston North End 1
A very uncharacteristically poor and flat performance from Charlton this morning. By far, I would think, our worst display of the season by a country mile and it was more like a vintage Addicks’ television performance than those on-screen crackers we’ve seen more recently.
Preston are hard to beat and pretty dull to watch, but they were better than us by a long way, yet nowhere near the quality of the other top sides we’ve played. In the end it was a clumsy penalty that gave them the three points, but we were not at the show at all.
Our passing was well off, we were pedestrian, hardly won any second ball and there was so little of the drive and energy that has become the side’s trademark. Hard to pick out any pluses, except that the three players on four yellows avoided another booking.
Gallagher worked hard, Kayal did something good one minute and then disappeared for fifteen, Solly struggled, the service to Bonne was atrocious and Leko and Aneke, again, made no impression.
I had no time yesterday, but I planned on writing a post on the renaissance of Naby Sarr, but he was back to the player we first saw that first half. We certainly could do with a few players back.
Anyway best not to dwell on it, onto next week….
Addicks at The Valley: Doctor Kish;
Bow: “We have to be at it every single game because, when we aren’t, we don’t do so well. That’s the difference with us coming up. You have to be at it every week in this division. Unfortunately, we weren’t there today.”
Elsewhere: Leeds topped the division last night beating QPR, Swansea were top at lunchtime after winning at Hull. Blackburn came from behind to beat Sheff Wed and Cardiff beat Birmingham 4-1. Forest won at Luton, but Hull had the result of the day winning 3-0 at Craven Cottage.