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Charlton Athletic 3 AFC Wimbledon 2

Would you rather with 3-2 or 1-0?

A rather rag tag display today by both defences, but we scored more goals so collected another win, which was vital after the excellent one on the road midweek.

With tougher games coming up we have to defend better more coherently and consistently but in parts today we were playing at a different level to Wimbledon, but we are just unable to keep those levels up for sustained periods.

The Wombles more than played their part and look too good to go down, and at the finish hindsight might say that we managed the game out well, but it was not without some heart in mouth moments.

It was a pity to lose CBT early but DJ came on and had a great game, and it was a delicious pass to send Washington away to get the second.

I always feel that Washington is pivotal to this team. If he plays well, the team plays well, and his running off the shoulder and into the channels caused havoc all afternoon.

We weren’t the same force after Aneke went off, and although Burstow sped around as if trying to prove a point, he does have trouble imposing himself on games.

No idea why he got some boos from some of the crowd when he came on, pretty senseless really. For donkey’s years we’ve been saying that we wish we got these players back on loan after they are sold. As long as he is giving everything then support him like the other five loan players wearing our shirt.

I’d love to know the last time we scored from two corners. You can’t beat a good centre-half headed goal. If only Albie could be more consistent on set-plays. Nice cameo from Scott Fraser when he came on too.

It’s nice to be looking up and not down again, but a real run now of much more difficult games when they will all need to be at the top of their game, for the whole game.

Jacko: “It’s heart wrenching news for all of us at the club this week. Myself and a few of the lads were with Ben just last week when we climbed over The O2. He and his family came down and saw that. We had a quick catch up then and you’re hoping that it wouldn’t be the last time, but then obviously the news hit yesterday. It’s heartbreaking for us all.”

Mark Robinson: “Narrow defeat, small margins. We’ve obviously got done at two set-pieces which is a strength of ours. We’re disappointed about that, as it’s not something that happens very often.”

Photo Credit: Kyle Andrews

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. rierti #

    The conditions were blustery yesterday so accurate aerial crossing becomes more difficult. The corners from which we scored were driven relatively low. Also defenders find it more difficult to judge the flight of the ball which is maybe why 4 of the 5 goals were from set plays.

    February 6, 2022
  2. Shadow Play #

    The blustery conditions may have contributed to the goals, but it had nothing to do with the poor marking. Their first came from a header back into the centre of the box from an unchallenged attacker and the second came after the forward slipped his marker. Fortunately Wimbledon were just as poor at marking set-pieces, but how you mark Ryan Inniss I couldn’t really tell you, Albie Morgan put an inch perfect ball onto his head and given his height, weight and physicality you are not going to defend those too often.

    But we were good value for the three points and after a wobble in January we have taken 10 points from 12.

    A good point about Conor Washington, he runs the gap between midfield and attack very well, I don’t see much in him as an out and out forward, but playing that deeper role he links very well with our midfield. The pass to him was even better on highlights, DJ caught it with the outside of his boot and angled it perfectly into his path.

    February 6, 2022
  3. hellwolf1999 #

    Until Chuks can regularly manage 90 minutes we need another bit part number 10, IMHO Mase and Washington are both no 9s (as is Kanu,) and Stockley and Chuks are more traditional 10s, whether one exists in the academy, or we can sign one up, on a free, to play that 15 mins, I don’t know, but the majority of the academy strikers seem to be in more of the no 9 mould…

    as to marking Innis at this level, you have a better chance of him being injured than not, so take it he’ll be an issue when fit… We have been awful from set plays for ages, and need to do a lot of work on our defending, but it’s probably to be expected with as much change in the personnel going on, but with almost everyone fit now, they should start to show some consistency. from what I’ve seen it looks like zonal marking, as not everyone is getting picked up when areas are crowded, which is a defensive scheme that’s been found out, either that or no one organising who’s marking who i.e.we need a leader at the Back

    February 7, 2022
    • Re that last point. Jason Pearce’s body might be getting old but his brain is missed during games.

      February 7, 2022

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