Charlton Athletic 1 Doncaster Rovers 3
A bleak end to an oppressive and very fatiguing week for Addicks’ fans. Typical of course that we’d lose today as a 1,000 spectators were allowed into The Valley to watch their team for the first time since March 7th.
Lee Bowyer saying walking out onto the pitch to those 1,000 supporters gave him goosebumps, gave me goosebumps, and in some positive news it sounded as all went off very well with today’s ‘test case.’
Watching on Valley Pass it was heartwarming to see seats occupied by Addicks, although due to EFL’s appalling service for the second week running, the majority of the first half’s pictures were accompanied by the sound of grinding and chiselling, and when that eventually stopped there wasn’t any commentary.
I ended up just listening to the commentary separately and kicking myself for signing up for a Valley Pass season ticket in a moment of pre-match over-exuberance.
Anyway onto the game. For 25 minutes it looked as if we’d left off from last week, and really should have been in front. Yet it was Donny that took the lead. Pratley unnecessarily gave the ball away and then when he tried to redeem himself the ball fell to Gomes who let fly past a wrong-footed Amos.
it was pretty ugly and hard to watch after that. Donny got their goals at great times but they had the measure of our back line, and different formations Bow tried. We did create chances, but not picking on Bonne, the QPR target showed why he is still a project and not the finished article.
Washington was far more likely to score and he did to make the scoreline more flattering and Gilbey hit the woodwork after that, but it was a tough watch and the players looked as if they too were showing signs of off-the-field burn-out.
They, Lee Bowyer, his staff and all of us deserve better. Thomas Sandgaard was there as promised and got a good welcome. It’s a very delicate balancing act, but we are all in need of some kind of positive declaration.
Bow said: “Goals win games and if you don’t take your chances and do the right things in the right areas, you don’t win games. That’s the difference. Look what they’ve done for the second goal. When did we get into positions and put crosses in like that? We didn’t.”