Derby County 2 Charlton Athletic 1
For all but the last five minutes that was bad. Yes injuries, yes budget, yes 12-year olds but I was worried as soon as I read Bowyer’s pre-match thoughts. It sounded so defeatist. I was much happier with his response after, and of course he is right, there is no excuse for the absence of fight and battle.
Equally we just didn’t go for it. We had a man advantage, maybe throw Sarr up front (he’s a liability at the back) with Davison and not take him off. Jesus we are about as useless against ten men as we are on the box.
It was poor from the first second, why have we been starting halves so badly? Defensively again we were horrible. We should have been down before they scored, then Bielik was sent off and that was our chance but you’d have never known they had a man less. By the way we are all massively partisan and biased but booing Gallagher the rest of the game, especially when Wisdom could have gone too. Take a look at yourselves Derby fans.
Not one for the memory to end the decade, and a shadow of a performance (and a lineup) that beat the Rams at The Valley just 9 weeks ago. As they say we have to go again, in three days and now with no Macauley Bonne who was taken off with a hamstring injury. It never rains but it Cat 5 hurricanes.
We need a lift, a big one.
Addicks at a pesky Pride Park:
Bow: “We weren’t good enough and got exactly what we deserved and that was nothing.”