Sheffield Wednesday 2 Charlton Athletic 0
Another defeat, the 5th in row. We have never lost five games in a row outside of the top two divisions. The lows get lower.
Wednesday had us on the ropes from the kick-off, we could hardly get out of our penalty area as they forced three corners in three minutes and then scored from a free-kick in the 4th.
It was a completely amateurish start from Charlton and a real kick in the teeth for the over 1,200 Addicks that had made the journey.
We did improve slightly but were playing without any confidence, attacking creativity or threat. With half-time approaching Wednesday scored again. Like the first it was a systematic mistake with a ball slipped in between defenders on the right side, crossed and simply finished.
Jayden Stockley was introduced at half-time, and Morgan was withdrawn, but it could have been anybody frankly.
Burstow had our best chance but shot tamely straight into their ‘keeper’s arms. After that Wednesday just strolled through the rest of the game in third gear whilst we were in reverse.
In possession we were awful. No style, no substance, no fight, no idea.
The players were varying degrees of useless, invisible or non-caring. Only Dobson was deserving of wearing the shirt.
All the while the teams at the bottom close the points gap and the fourth tier is closer than it’s ever been in our history.
Jacko: “We’re all playing for our futures. What better motivation, really. I’ve got an idea of where I want to take this football club – so does the owner. It’s up to them all now to show they want to be a part of it. Naturally some are going to fall by the wayside and not take that opportunity and some are going to step up.”
Yes the Jackson quote is all well and good but the trouble is most of this team are not fighting for their futures only Jackson is. The rest of them on the whole don’t care. If they did we would not be having this conversation. They know they will pick up a new badge to kiss and have already shown they do not think the cafc one is worth any sort of struggle. We will now spend the rest of the season biting our nails and either escape or God forbid get relegated. The owners decision not to firm up the contract and base it on results looks like one of the best bits of business we have seen for a long while Is it now time to bring in a fresh management team and new blood. I doubt he would like it but Jackson needs to learn a lot and needs a mentor at the very least.
In my opinion, there is not one player on the current senior roster who, if they weren’t around for next season, would upset me one little bit. Generally, a team will have two or three highly valued “untouchables,” who you simply do not want to lose. Sadly, that is not the case with Charlton Athletic. In following the club for close to four decades, this is absolutely the worst collection of no-talents that I have ever laid eyes on. Game in and game out, the calibre and quality of the performances ranges somewhere between abominable and atrocious. If this team does not chock up a win here and there in order to stay up, I fear for the club’s survival as an organization.
Cheer up – next up Sunderland, who just did Wigan 3-0 away.
Maybe we might get more than1 shot on goal, but I wouldn’t bet on it.
And TS has gone conspicuously absent on Twitter – his usual post match comments perhaps wisely avoided the last two games.
Thanks must go to Ipswich whose last gasp equaliser against Morecombe kept the gap at 8 rather than 6.
What an abject team, bordering on a breach of the trades descriptions act as professional footballers.
Time to bring in an experienced coach/ manager before it’s too late!!