Charlton Athletic 2 Portsmouth 2
Not really sure how to react to that. The game showed us good, mediocre and bad. There was good character to come back twice from behind, but the 1st half was very poor and Pompey should have been home and hosed by the time we even got going. Yet, even then we had more chances than we’ve had in any home match this season.
Do these two draws paper over the cracks or do they delay the inevitable? Trouble is teams are being picked, formations altered and players switched like it is pre-season, not helped by players not being fit. Nonetheless it is surely time now to dispatch with the 4-2-3-1. It leaves us gaping open at the back and powderpuff in attack.
We were a shambles from the beginning, lacking in organization and so fragile defensively. Backing off, backing off…. Just the 24 more clean sheets required Nige, eh?
Of the three wingers in the squad, only Blackett-Taylor has looked interested and threatening. Adkins has appeared to have forgotten about the other two but CBT changed the dial again when he came on and set up Josh Davison for a deserved goal after his recent outings.
Stockley has gone completely off the boil and I have no idea why Pearce and Watson are both playing. Everytime they get near the ball it’s like watching a puppy cross the road.
There are signs of progress and both Lee and Leko are a big upgrade on what we had previously going forward, and Gilbey is a welcome return. Sean Clare was also very busy and got a vital goal to help turn the home crowd onside.
Even so, we are still 3rd from bottom and the top six are accelerating into the distance. We’ve only won one game in nine, and that was against the side below us.
Nine games, it seems like an eternity, but Adkins has to win on Tuesday.
Mr Positivity: “It’s a good point. We got off to a poort start, but we changes shape, showed some reslience and grew into the game.”
Danny Crowley: “I felt we had complete control in the first half. When you have that dominance you have to convert the chances you make. We forced them into a formation change, they played 4-2-2-2 from 35 minutes.”
Photo credit: Keith Gillard