Charlton Athletic 1 Forest Green Rovers 1
That was miserable.
For the fifth game in a row we took the lead, yet in each of the last four we have failed to win. It is disturbing to see how much we have fallen off since that Plymouth win a month ago. The way we played that night has proven a blip and not a trend.
CBT gave us a lead with our best play of the match before the clock had passed 10 minutes and after that we dominated proceedings but lacked mostly common sense and basic ability when we got into promising positions. CBT, Rak-Sakyi, Leaburn and McGrandles were all culpable, particularly the latter who was really poor.
Payne was the one shining light who never stopped probing and searching for that break through but despite the shots on goal tally I don’t remember us ever getting close, probably Rak-Sakyi’s turn and volley in the 2nd half.
Forest Green Rovers frustrated us with a combination of time wasting and dramatics, but I thought they looked more likely to score in the 2nd half, and I’d agree with other digests that they were the worst team we’ve played this season. Just think about that for a moment..
Wollacott has been one of our top three players, but I said at Accrington he definitely has a clanger in him. That was a bullseye tonight, and statistically stopped us winning the 3 points.
As for Ryan Inniss. You can argue all you want whether it was a second yellow or not, but it was reckless and brainless. First game back and now suspended. Yes, brainless is a good description.
Frankly the system is not working due to Garner not having the equipment he needs. Only one person to blame for that.
Garner did change it up a bit late on when I think he went 3-5-2, and there was a bit more action, but this is not anything like the fast passing, high press game we were promised.
Garner made some big decisions tonight making six changes, dropping his captain and it backfired. I saw the first looks of pressure tonight from the manager.
Ben Garner: “We ultimately gave them a goal. There were several mistakes in the build-up to it and we gave them something to hold on to.”
Stats (CAFC first): Possession – 65% / 35%; Passes – 542 / 297; Accurate passes – 477 / 208; Shots (on target) – 17 (6) / 9 (2)