Charlton Athletic 1 Cheltenham Town 2
Well that little boost of optimism lasted all of five minutes, in fact Watson couldn’t even get the opening second right when he kicked off when everyone else took the knee. Watson’s afternoon did not get any better.
Our worst start to a season for 15 years and just out of the League One relegation places on goal difference after Cheltenham Town, on their first ever visit to The Valley, gave us a footballing lesson.
The first half was abominable as the visitors ran amok down both wings and through the middle and all we had in reply was a long hopeful hoof to Stockley…. a tactic seemingly made up by the players according to Adkins afterwards.
I had the benefit of listening to Alan Curbishley and Paul Mortimer, who like many of Curbs ex-charges have previously, articulately dissected the piss-poor tactics, formation and game-plan to shreds. Not an idiom or a word of management doublespeak between them.
Just one shot on goal all game. Are we yet in double figures for the season? Again if it wasn’t for MacGillivray we would have lost by a lot more.
This is not a team of kids, there is experience all over the pitch, but it was like watching a primary school match. No structure, no plan, no obvious style except for the long hoof. Kirk and DJ either missed all of the team meetings this week or had no clue what or how they were supposed to play.
Defensively all over the shop, a midfield that just stood by and watched. Watson and Gunter hang your heads, and Albie, I’m sorry this is at least a level up to what you are capable. Not forgetting that the manager thought he could play you as a 10.
Lee tried to create, but I’m not really sure of his role and we were only better for 20 minutes when Leko and Washington were on. That was until Cheltenham worked that out, and then normal service resumed.
Adkins sounded shell shocked after. He has an awful lot of work to do to make this whole exercise look and feel a lot, lot better. Perhaps a little less of the positivity bullshit and fluff, and a bit more of Curbs’ rudiments and principals.
Anyway, Premier League in 5 years 😃
Mr Positivity: “I’m getting really frustrated with us at times when there’s opportunities for us to play and for me we’re too direct into Jayden [Stockley]. He’s got several players around him. It’s more like hoof football for me and I don’t want that.”
Photo credit: Kyle Andrews
Attendance: 13,790 (511 away)