Charlton Athletic 0 Ipswich Town 0
That was pretty powderpuff wasn’t it.
The game had a bit of an ‘end of season nothing to play’ for feel to it. From us there was no acute cutting edge and we were unable to sustain any kind of passages of play involving more than three passes. Equally we weathered an unsure start where Ipswich fresh from a flea in the ear from Paul Cook started impressively.
Defensively we looked strong once we worked out their game plan of pushing their full backs far forward, but missing Washington, Maatsen and Chuks meant we lacked any kind of dangerous pressure in their final third.
I was surprised that Adkins didn’t make any offensive changes from the bench. We probably were the most likely to score in the final 20 minutes but a goalless draw was always the shortest odds.
Either Schwartz is untrusted or more likely his introduction would have to have changed the way we’d play, and it is clear the Dane would never have the work rate of Stockley, from what we’ve seen previously.
From what Adkins said we are still clearly a long way from how he wants us to play, with wingers a big part, but neither DJ or Millar made any constant impact on the game. And with Gilbey and JFC bit players today 0-0 was a fair result.
We are still in the mix, but questions to whether we are good enough for a top six will wait as we now go six games in 19 days.
Nigel Adkins: “We need a certain amount of points to get into the play-offs This is another point towards that. But as that goes, it now narrows the amount of defeats or points you can drop to achieve that points total.”
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