Charlton Athletic 0 Blackpool 3
Amongst the total hopelessness today was the sound of the death knoll echoing around that famous stadium. We couldn’t hear it, but it was there loud and long.
A month or so back we stopped looking like a promotion team. Today we didn’t look like a team at all, shorn of all pride and commitment.
The team has long had no identity but today we threw hunger and dignity onto the bonfire as well.
I have long been a Lee Bowyer fan, but for his own good and reputation, let alone what is best for the club, he has to stop the blame game and the excuses. The buck stops with the manager and there’s not a single chink of light that leads the way to redemption from what I can see.
Caring unfortunately is not enough.
As for the game. Once again we were one-down within the first 10 minutes. Despite the commentators rose-tinted glasses, it was an obvious penalty. It was two before half-time, another long range effort as red shirts backed off into row A of the Covered End Lower.
That was the 9th straight home game we have let at least two in. 17 first half-goals in that time. That is not unfortunate or unlucky, that is scandalous.
Darren Pratley was making his feelings pretty clear in that 1st half. Valley Live should come with an R rating, and it was a surprise to absolute no one that he was sent-off a minute or two into the 2nd half. He should have been removed with the almost half of team Bowyer did substitute at the break.
Watson is no better and he and Gunter have been dreadful signings. January signings Smith, Jaiyesimi and Schwartz have done nothing to improve the team as we could not muster a shot on target all game. If Bowyer is still in charge at Wigan on Tuesday, he could do no worse than play a team full of youngsters.
To rub the salt in gaping wounds, Aneke was then given a straight red for an elbow, which looked a little unjust, but it was only thing that was.
Depressing stuff. Not in that ‘we may not have a football club to support’ way, but just in what supporting a football club means to us all.
“But it hurts me. Because I care. That’s something everybody knows. I care about this club. I’m fighting and I will keep fighting until told otherwise.” – Lee Bowyer
Photo credit: Kyle Andrews