Huddersfield Town 4 Charlton Athletic 0
Morning Addicks. That was a restless night’s sleep wasn’t it?
A bad, bad week up in Yorkshire for Charlton ended in capitulation and the season’s worst defeat yesterday as Karlan Grant helped himself to a couple of goals and raised anxiety levels to bursting amongst Addicks’ fans.
Bowyer said he took the blame but Matt Southall and his ESI team need to be taken to account for what is proving a terrible January transfer window, which should have given Bowyer and his team the much boasted upgrade in quality of his squad.
I really can’t see how Smith, McGeady and Davis improve the squad. Conor Gallagher was probably irreplaceable in time available, but most of us could see it was defensive reinforcements that were needed. We were taken apart yesterday defensively, as we were in injury time on Wednesday and we can’t rely solely on luck and Dillon Phillips. I haven’t got answers, I suspect Bow didn’t sleep well either churning our defensive frailties over in his head.
What we have to do is move on. Our aim and challenge has not changed since the summer. Bow needs to find his best team, particularly in midfield and seek stability and reinforce his mantra that everyone gives every ounce to the team, their colleagues and the fans. It’s the bare minimum required from now on in.
825 Addicks at The John Smiths:
Bow: “It was not good enough. The first half was bad, it was poor. I take full responsibility for it.”
Elsewhere: Leeds won the early game putting 4 past Hull at the KC, Luton grabbed a last minute equalizer to hold Stoke, Reading beat Barnsley 2-0 but Wigan had an incredible 1-0 win at leaders West Brom.
I say this with a heavy heart. We’ve consistently been amongst the poorest performing teams in the division for quite some time. With the exception of Philips in goal and Taylor working his socks off, not just up front but often all over the pitch, even the most optimistic of us can see the individual quality on the pitch together with team confidence is deteriorating week by week. Unable to dictate the play, continually losing possession of the ball, and the defense so often reverting to booting the ball up the pitch to gain some rest bite has become common place. If it wasn’t for the good results earlier in the season, we would now be rooted firmly at the bottom of the table, so many points adrift that escaping relegation would have already been near on impossible. Hopefully, I’ll be proved wrong, but I can’t see us avoiding relegation with the current squad available to Bowyer.
As I have commented on your blog on a regular basis the January recruitment of mediocre mid field players was a bad move we needed at least one defender a point I have laboured for at least 3 months. Injuries and suspensions were inevitable and the best 2 reserve defenders with long term injuries sustained before January strengthened the argument. Albie Morgan is in trouble with the fans due to his comment on Grant’s post match posting. I can understand his frustration following his ongoing poor treatment by Bowyer but it was wrong to show it this way.