I woke up far too early in Las Vegas this morning (I did plan to be here) as body clock and eyes were completely out of sync. After a little bit of tossing and turning, my brain kept replaying Matt Smith’s goal, which wasn’t good for the soul, so I went for a walk. Las Vegas in the early hours is a sight to behold I can tell you. Give’s south Bermondsey a run for its money.
I’m out here on a work trip, today was a chill day, but from this evening onwards we have a very busy schedule as we venture all over south and north California. Sleep will be a distant ambition by the time I return home from San Francisco next Saturday.
As for the Addicks we have a long time to dwell on this latest heartbreaker as we don’t now play for two weeks. I’m still more than happy where we sit in the table but it’s imperative we re-find that energy we had in the opening couple of months of the season. Maybe teams have worked us out, but still as Bow said we have been in every game and when we’ve lost its been by the odd goal (Wigan aside). We need players back though, obviously Taylor and Williams, but I feel Field missing leaves a hole as well.
Our fellow promoted sides are struggling much worse, but his is about us and we need to settle the ship and cut out the unenforced errors because they are killing us. I also would rather us revert to a flat back four too. Lots of things to work on for Bow, Jacko and Marsh.
No doubt injuries are killing us, but one win in 10 I think should send alarm bells. I agree that we seem to be in every game but that won’t save us if we do silly things every game. Sarr was atrocious—not only for the goals, but his throw ins and passing at times was woeful. Pratley being taken off was a terrible decision as was Lapsies entrance( this was not the time for him) . Surprised we have not played Otzumer for JW. While we were unlucky not to have a second, in this game so important to Charlton fans we seemed off again for all but about 40 mins. Yes we are in a better place than perhaps we all expected, but 8/9 point differential can still evaporate quickly in this league—it was 12 a few weeks ago.. A miserable weekend….. hopefully we can get one or two back after the break..
Enjoy Vegas and my home area in S Cal.
Thanks Alan. Will be in LA for dinner tonight, in the morning Burbank for breakfast and an Indian reservation for lunch before heading north.
I feel we have several players who are looking a bit jaded because of the high intensity way we play. Gallagher is a young player who puts so much energy into his games and I think he needs a rest, hopefully the international break will help although he may have U20 or U21 commitments. Cullen and Lockyer are not so young but also need a break but will have international commitments. The international break should allow Taylor to reach fitness.
Gallagher is in the U21 squad travelling to Albania and Holland. No rest for him, but completely agree with your synopsis.
Must admit I don’t think I’ll ever forgive that team for losing like that. I wanted to win this one more than staying up. I didn’t see the goal; was banging on the wood panels at the back to keep the singing going, and haven’t bothered with the highlights. It’ll be a struggle for me to get behind them against Cardiff.
Blimey PA 😔
Lyle is a massive miss but losing Jonny has hurt us.