Charlton Athletic 1 Portsmouth 3
We were well beaten tonight by a team that look well equipped for a strong promotion challenge, which I am slowly coming round to the realization that we are not.
Our performance was once again punctuated by shambolic defending, no obvious game plan, half-time substitutes, piss-poor passing and no cutting edge.
I tend to use Portsmouth as a bellweather of our standing. We’ve pretty much followed each other up and down the leagues for a century. In recent seasons we have had it over them and we beat them early in the season when they were slow out of the gate and we looked like we were unstoppable. What’s happened after that is for another day, but today, tonight they were on a different plane to us.
As have every team been that sit above us in the table. Other than Sunderland, the other six teams have all beaten us and I’d add quite convincingly. Not the sign of a promotion team. Nowhere near.
I fail to see any signs of a team capable or with the savvy to get us out of this division, and quite honestly and without sounding like a quitter I think midtable is a calling.
Bowyer said tonight that anything other than a top six finish is failure. It is, and we have been in far tougher League One’s than this. Possibly Lee will turn it around, he has my backing, I think he deserves it, but something extraordinary has to happen. There are 20 games left, 60 points. Any realistic promotion challenge has to happen from now.
📢: “I thought they outfought us. Portsmouth, we all know what they are like as a team. They do the basics well, they’re physical and they compete. Today, they were better than us at that.” – Lee Bowyer
🖊: Addicks Third Division Diary;
📸: Kyle Andrews
1️⃣: Accrington continue to impress thrashing Bristol Rovers 6-1, Crewe won at Shrewsbury by the single goal, Swindon beat Wigan and Blackpool beat Northampton. The rest of the top sides were in the last 8 of the EFL Trophy, which they clearly took more seriously than us!