Stoke City 3 Charlton Athletic 1
I was on an airplane for the duration of the game. Sounds as if I was the lucky one. Sounded as if there were no marks of encouragement today. We are in a relegation scrap, no doubts at all.
Stoke have had a good home record since their managerial change and have a squad of players belying their league position but if you play crap, crap is what you get and we need to quickly file this one and move on because Tuesday will be harder still.
Bowyer made some changes. Purrington came in for Doughty and Davis for Sarr as we went with a flat back four. Yet we sounded poor defensively and for the umpteenth time conceded early after the re-start after Purrington had superbly got us back in the game on the stroke of half-time.
We were 3-1 down by the time Bowyer reacted with a couple of subs and we now haven’t won away since August. There was no McGeady as he was ill, and Hemed wasn’t felt like he could make a difference and wasn’t used from the bench. I’d put Davison on the bench quite frankly.
Safe journey home Addicks. This is going to be a long month.
Addicks at the Bet365:
Bow: “There were too many players that weren’t at it today, that’s the reality. It was nowhere near as good as they can play.”
Elsewhere: Luton lost at home to Cardiff and Wigan to Preston. Huddersfield beat QPR 2-0 and Middlesbrough were 2-1 up at Brentford but lost 3-2. Barnsley drew 1-1 with Sheffield Wednesday. Blackburn lost 1-0 at Ewood to Fulham.