Charlton Athletic 2 Crewe Alexandra 2
That was terrible wasn’t it. Massive must-win game and we flunked it. I can’t help but thinking of the Birmingham game at the end of last season.
It was Crewe Alexandra we were playing wasn’t it? They were so much better than us – just like Doncaster, MK Dons, Accrington, Rochdale, Swindon etc. No need to go on.
It was a really slow start once more. We couldn’t get out of our half, what does Adkins say to them? It has been almost every single game since he took over that we have started so sluggish.
Yet we took the lead, first attempt on goal. It was to be our first attempt and last attempt for an hour. Great goal though, sweeping move down the left with Millar instrumental, Gilbey cross and Stockley headed home.
10 minutes. Nerves settled, Pompey losing, the wind knocked out of plucky Crewe Alexandra’s tails. Oh no.
They continued to dominate possession, passed around us at will and had us running backwards and hoofing balls clear to no one. I would take all of their midfield over ours tomorrow.
That brings me to Ben Watson. Is he having a laugh? Is he a Palace plant. Now, this is quite the challenge, but Watson is up there as one of the worst players I have ever seen play for us. Especially bearing in mind his previous career, the fanfare that greeted his signing, and we are in the 3rd Division.
2nd half and if ever there was a goal waiting to happen, then Crewe’s equaliser was it. Before then Pearce was already wasting time but Crewe deservedly equalized and finally Adkins puts two up top.
He really is glued to his 4-3-3, but I’m already growing very tired of the long hopefull balls somewhere in the direction of Stockley hoping for a flick on.
Still Crewe had the majority of the ball, but Chuks was someone at least that knew we needed to win and he was darting into the box and causing his regular havoc.
We win a corner. JFC’s corner was poor, but Aneke followed the corner out to the edge of the box, won the header and Gilbey finished well.
Get out of jail card. I was shocked that we scored, but we were ahead with 7 minutes left. At home to Crewe Alexandra.
Oh no. They were all over us, there’s five minutes of added, and as day follows night, they scored despite us having three centre-halves on the pitch and more apparent leaders than at a TUC Young Workers Conference.
2-2. Sickening, but we didn’t deserve a bean. We don’t deserve to be anywhere near the play-off’s. We are not good enough. Period.
I have so little love for this team. Imposters many of them. We might have our Charlton back, but what the hell happened to the players?
At least we are away on Saturday.
Nigel Adkins: “We look at it and in the 96th minute we’ve got three points and 97th minute we haven’t.”
Photo credit: Paul Edwards