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