Charlton Athletic 1 Lincoln City 2
As crap as this season has been, today’s performance wasn’t one of the crappier days. We could have won, but didn’t really deserve to.
We lost to a couple of good finishes, but both eminently preventable. There was plenty of good service into the box led by the lively but not utilized enough CBT yet both Stockley and Washington had days to forget.
Then there was, um what did Steve Brown call him? Oh, the brain dead Alex Gilbey. Possibly one of the most frustrating players to wear the shirt in recent times. For a man who hardly ever puts in a tackle, his disciplinary record is terrible.
I checked the stats and Gilbey is booked on average every 200 minutes, but assists a goal every 2,404 minutes. Pointless in every respect.
The referee evened up proceedings in the 2nd half giving Whitaker a straight red for a tenacious foul on Purrington. We were on top at that point, and then looked odds on to at least get a draw, but Scully to the joy of the away travellers put the Imps out of reach.
Stockley got a late consolation but by that time the majority of just 8,000-odd Addicks were already on their way home .
One bright spot was the introduction of JFC in the 2nd half, who saw a fair bit of the ball and brought energy and composure.
With another game ticked off in this desperate off all seasons, I thought it was an odd day to announce the new season-ticket prices. I’ve not studied them longingly as I won’t be getting one, but the sales pitch looks unimaginative and staid and the prices high.
Jacko: “I think the centre-forwards will be disappointed that they haven’t taken their opportunities because we provided enough today. That’s their job to stick it away so they’ll be gutted, but we’ve let two in at the end as well. It’s a collective, it’s a team thing.”
Michael Appleton: “The message at half-time was ‘don’t give the referee the opportunity to square it up’. Unfortunately, that’s what we did. Whether it was a sending off or not, it doesn’t matter because we gave him an opportunity to make that decision. Morgan will learn from that. It gave them a lift, and they put us under a bit of pressure. Once we got the second goal, we were a little bit calmer but then started dropping a bit deeper and inviting too many crosses into the box.”
Photo credit: Kyle Andrews
Any player who will not be here next season should not be playing in the last two home games.
Let’s have a reason to look forward to these games and put the kids in and win loose or draw we would get behind the team. If yesterdays team are all staying we will be in trouble.
Jackson is so unimaginative he will play the same dross until we run out of games. At least he can replace Gilbey, To describe him as a professional footballer is a clear breach of the trade descriptions act.
I have very little faith in what might occur over the summer – we all know it will be then usual panic loans at the end of July.
According to TS we have the 3rd largest playing budget in the division – well someone is not doing their job properly – seems endemic at Charlton.
With those coming down from Championship, plus the mighty FGR coming up, I can’t see how we will ever make the top half, let alone top 6 next season.
Reasons to be cheerful – nope.
Agree with Les, but it should be from now, as we are not going to get relegated! So Jackson should be giving some game time to the reserve/younger players, who may be uselful to us next season, as Curbs intimated on the Lincoln game!
For instance, I have no idea why Kanu is not on the bench instead of Burstow. Likewise Morgan over Lee.
The question I would pose to any and all is of the players who took the pitch for Charlton today, how many of them would you like to see as part of the starting lineup for the first match of the 2022/23 season? I don’t mean on the full senior roster, but actually in the starting eleven. If you select more than three, you are being most generous.
Corey Blackett Taylor