Charlton Athletic 1 Cambridge United 1
A frustrating watch, but a fair result yesterday.
Lots of possession, but little to show for it, and we just weren’t able to overload attacking areas like we did at will on Tuesday.
We had all of the momentum going into the 2nd half after taking the lead on 41 minutes, but we were unable to take control of the game and despite positive possession stats Cambridge were the team with the ball in more threatening areas, and other than in injury time marshalled the game and us very well. Credit to them.
Cambridge won’t be the only team that come to The Valley and sit back and let us have the ball in non-threatening areas of the pitch. From us there just wasn’t enough movement or players willing to bust a gut to get into the box, and Stockley was again isolated.
As the season develops and other coaches and managers watch us and work on their counter plans, Ben Garner and the players will have to keep improving and better our strategies to overcome what Cambridge did to us yesterday.
It was a different time, and a higher level, but I remember watching those early games under Bob Peeters with a young Joe Gomez in defence. We were great to watch…. Until about mid-September when the whole league worked us out and Peeters wasn’t good enough to do anything about it!
The one time in the 90 minutes when we did get players in and around Stockley in the match was for the goal, when Fraser headed in after Stockley had a shot saved.
I also have to say that taking off Fraser affected us badly. I thought he was involved in a lot of good things yesterday. Although Cambridge deserved their goal it did only come about due to Inniss losing the ball.
We threw everything at them in the 7 minutes of added time but it was little too late although it was to be noted that we had three 19-year old’s on the pitch at that point underscoring the paucity of the squad.
Frustrating, but no harm in a reality check, and this is still a good start to the first month of the season.
Ben Garner: “We can play a lot better even in the first half but we go ahead. I expected more of a reaction second half for us to push on but if anything we gave them a bit of momentum with some of our decision making. We need to do things a little bit quicker and a little bit more positive, so there are areas there that we can improve for sure.”
Stats (CAFC first): Possession – 66% / 34%; Passes – 524 / 272; Accurate passes – 447 / 198; Shots (on target) – 15 (5) / 10 (4)