Charlton Athletic 0 MK Dons 1
Only Charlton could play two games with watching fans during a global pandemic with most sports stadia staying empty and play absolute shite in both of them.
And as for creating an atmosphere. 2,000 fans spread out in three vast stands, in the cold, sat miles from each other and wearing a mask, with nothing to cheer and get excited about is not conducive to the craziness of a 94th minute winner at Wembley.
I’d be interested in the view of any Addicks that went tonight of what they thought of the experience.
I was jealous and miss the old girl dearly, but let’s not kid ourselves football without fans, the buzz, camaraderie, the spontaneity, a good old sing-song, the smell of hot dogs, a couple of pints…. it will not be the same.
Squeeze 2,000 people together behind the goal with a good sprinkling of youth and you will get an atmosphere, but sadly as welcome as seeing people in the stadium is, it will not be the same, and it only takes one to scream abuse at a stray pass, and it will carry across the pitch.
As for the game. Well, if you had been in lockdown without TV, internet and a newspaper, and only ventured outside tonight then you would have been forgiven for thinking that it was MK Dons riding high in the table, and not us. They were good. Very good.
We were awful from the start. We had one shot on goal, Darren Pratley was our biggest goal threat and our best midfielder and he started at centre-back. Ben Amos stopped it being a complete mauling.
We lack pace and mobility and I’m sure Lee understands it but for novices like me it takes me ages to work out who is playing where, and to what system. Not sure the players always get it either. They certainly didn’t tonight.
There was a general lack of everything tonight. Atmosphere, mobility, cutting edge, anticipation, competence and ingenuity.
Another bad night at the office.
Bow’s thoughts: “It wasn’t what I expected, because we don’t stop singing normally. And there wasn’t much singing at all, from start to finish, tonight.”