Charlton Athletic 0 Wycombe Wanderers 1
Disappointing result. I had a bad feeling about today, although the line-up had recovered from Covid better than I expected, with just Stockley missing, and that from a knock.
We started really sluggishly as if we hadn’t played for a while. I never get this ‘the players are too tired, they play too many games’ thing. They always play better when they are playing regularly.
There was a real lack of cohesion in the first half from us which suited Wycombe, who are really real drilled and make you work hard for every pass and loose ball.
The Chairboys took the lead on 35 minutes when for the only time in the game Garath McCleary was influential bypassing Dobson on the goal-line and passing accurately into Vokes to finish.
There was quite the debate in the TV studio about who was at fault. I have to say I pegged it to Gilbey, although overall he was about our best player over the 90 minutes.
Leko also played well, when he was introduced up front at half-time and was a real threat. This was the opposite to Josh Davison who had the proverbial nightmare fluffing his lines over and over when this was an opportunity he had to take.
We were much better in the 2nd half moving the ball quicker, and with Washington far more engaged and Gilbey and Lee buzzing around the box we probably did enough for a point.
Nevertheless too often our final decision making let us down, and not for the first time our dead-balls were poor, and DJ particularly frustrated me by not having the intuition to get by their left back to fire in a decent cross. I don’t remember one.
Leko hit the post in what was a good move and late in Ryan Inniss came on to play up front and had an effort cleared off the line in injury time.
The 2nd half was a lot better than the 135 minutes that came before it if I include the Plymouth game, but it only exposed how much work is required in the transfer window, especially up front, if Thomas or even the Covid situation allows for it.
We were never going to keep winning under Jacko, but sadly the play-off’s look beyond our reach more than they have done since he took over.
Jacko: “I thought we created some decent situations, things that we work on, patterns of play, getting our wing-backs one v one, getting crosses into the box, getting Elliot Lee and [Alex] Gilbey on the ball high up and Conor Washington in that little channel that he likes to run into. We managed to do that but then in those little decisive moments it’s the quality of the cross, the shot.”
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