Charlton Athletic 2 Gillingham 3
Another three conceded at home. Another defeat. Another miserable day.
The pitch was only passed fit less than an hour before kick-off with loud mouth Evans wanting the game off, and Charlton wanting the game played…. of course!
That’s quite a crushing defeat knocking any renewed confidence after last week and proving again that this is not a promotion winning team. There are a good 7-8 sides consistently better than us. In fact we have not dominated a team above us in any league meeting this season and the games keep getting ticked off.
Our home form sucks. 4 wins all season, 18 conceded in the last seven home games, we’ve gone behind in the previous six games at The Valley. The defending continues to be atrocious.
Bowyer when with an unchanged team…. when did that last happen? We lost JFC early though which was a loss, and DJ looked nervous and hesitant whenever he got the ball.
Less than half a minute on the clock and Amos was again picking the ball out of the net in front of a ghostly Covered End. Once more we have to drag ourselves back into a game. When we have the ball in the opponents half we look like we will create chances, not necessary score as our real pressure moments are very sporadic. We also give the ball away far too much and are experts at turning an offensive attack back into our own half.
The defence is one of the worst I have seen. This is a throwback to the Andy Nelson era and we seriously have to score five to be sure of a win.
I have to say though that Stockley and Millar never stopped chasing. If Millar had a left foot he wouldn’t be on loan in League One, but both loanees were a credit, as was once again Aneke, who I felt was very unlucky to be sent off.
Even with 10 men we had most of the ball, but you knew it was coming. Olly Lee hit the bar, when it looked easier to score and then Dempsey fired in whilst the red shirts around him just gawped.
These are desperate times, and I find it hard to be upbeat about it suddenly changing.
💬: “I’m happy with where we are, how we are playing. I’d be worried if we were losing and not playing well or created chances.” – Bow
🖊: Albury Addick; Addicks Third Division Diary.
1️⃣: Sunderland came back to life as Charlie Wyke scored all four in a 4-1 win over Donny. MK Dons had another good away win, this time at Hull. Plymouth beat Fleetwood 1-0. Burton had a big win at manager-less Northampton.
📸: Paul Edwards