Charlton Athletic 2 Plymouth Argyle 2
You can sugarcoat that all you like, but I’m not easily impressed, I’d say like the majority of Addicks that watched that today.
Yes we came from behind twice, are in the top six and are unbeaten in four, but defensively we were a disaster and so often we only accentuated how poor we were in our own half by giving the ball away over and over. These are not one-off incidences, they are becoming habitual.
I spent 90 minutes trying to work out why Adam Matthews was left back and why Pratley keeps playing at centre half, unless I missed that Oshilaja had one of left legs amputated. 18 games in and Bowyer doesn’t know his best team. Although I can help him…. it does not include Omar Bogle.
Plymouth, who have been on a terrible run of form, but appeared in tier 4 with all the free movement and spirit of tier 2 and we made them look worldbeaters. Cut and paste for MK Dons, Burton, Shrewsbury and Swindon Town.
We are missing Famewo and Innis badly, all those games without conceding seem a lifetime ago. This is a poor league and poor teams are taking us apart tactically, assertively and easily.
For weeks we have lacked any kind of fluency and consistency, not game to game but almost in ten minute spells. Our previously lauded engine and spirit is waning. We are scoring, but hardly camping in teams half’s (2nd half v Wimbledon aside) and this afternoon only a moment of skill from Marcus Maddison earned us a point.
Lee needs to up his game. Simple as that.
💬 Lee Bowyer: “We’re disappointed but it’s four unbeaten and we’re in the top six. I’m disappointed and think we should be higher but it’s not the end of the world.”
⭐️ Ian Maatsen
⏭ Hull City (a) Jan 2nd.
📸 Paul Edwards