Luton Town 2 Charlton Athletic 1
This is a tough run, no win in six, and no clean sheets either, and our points total is stuck in the quicksand. The squad is decimated, and now Gallagher will miss Saturday after being booked. Josh Cullen will be out until after Christmas.
We have a bigger squad this season, two players for each position etc, but it is an infliction of Duchatelet’s ownership that once again too many of these players are brought in last minute, cheaply, not fit enough or have never been fit. Or all of the above.
Players will return, but losing relied upon players like Cullen is a killer. We were overloaded with midfielders at the end of August, we thought, and now it will be Pratley and his grandchildren on Saturday.
The defence needs to be better, a lot of goals conceded this season have seemingly been defendable, but with such a lightweight and inexperienced midfield the defence was bound to cave at some point tonight.
Possibly two refeering mistakes, and I hope Bow doesn’t become one of those managers, yet we did take the lead, Leko’s third in three, but this league is all fine margins, rarely are teams thrashed and although we again held our own, we badly need one of those fine margins on our side.
Tough times, with Bowyer sounding more and more pissed off. Time to stick together more than ever and back Bowyer and the boys, whoever he can get to play on Saturday.
Addicks at Kenilworth Road:
Bow: “We’re in a difficult situation at the moment. I believe that the 11 I had out there could have won the game today. We took the lead and, because of decisions, we lost the game.“
Elsewhere: A late goal from Leeds at Reading put them top. Fulham beat Derby 3-0, Cardiff beat Stoke who stay in the bottom three. Millwall and Wigan shared the points and Grant scored as Huddersfield drew at home to Swansea.