Fleetwood Town 1 Charlton Athletic 1
A frustration of Swindon fans last season was that they had too many draws, when they should have won. Yesterday’s draw on the Lancashire coast was the Addicks’ 5th of the season. Our 4th 1-1 in five league outings.
The first half we were terrible. No better than Nigel Adkins’ period last season. The 2nd half we were better and may have even won it at the end.
Let’s not gloss over that first half though. I wonder if Ben Garner sat at home, was very tempted like I was to turn off and mow the lawn instead.
Everything about our play was utter rubbish. A wrong formation with Rak-Sakyi looking lost centrally up front. Clayden and CBT incompetent as wing-back’s, O’Connell could not pass wind, and the midfield three of Payne, Dobson and Fraser out-run, out-thought and out-muscled.
At half-time Curbs and Brownie could not hide their disdain, and my thoughts went to those hardy Addicks stood behind one end.
2nd half brought a move back to 4-3-3 and Mandela Egbo came on for his debut. He made a big difference defensively and was good going forward. He hit the bar, and had a powerful shot saved.
CBT and Rak-Sakyi back out wide were suddenly a threat. CBT smacking the bar just after the break. Payne came more into the game too. Stockley again was ineffectual, but he still put in the hard yards.
Until Garner can work out how the play this formation with Stockley in it or visa-versa, we are going to struggle to score goals. Add to that the fact we have had one league clean sheet, and that to Derby who could have had five before half-time!
Miles Leaburn came on and was involved instantly, and equalized with a lovely little back flick after good work from Rak-Sakyi. It was the least the travelling Addicks deserved behind the goal.
In the dying minutes Rak-Sakyi really should have won it as he burst through with Dobson over. The youngster decided to go himself and had his one-on-one shot saved.
Another draw then and we sit plum in between the relegation and play-off places. We have drawn against Accrington, Cambridge, Wycombe, Forest Green and Fleetwood. I don’t know if we deserved to win any of those games.
Scott Marshall spoke well afterwards, and we’d be better to persevere with the management team. Who knows if the suddenly muted Thomas Sandgaard will, but the finger of any blame can only be pointed in one direction.
Scott Marshall: “We’re very grateful to see them [the supporters] there. We talked about that at half time, we wanted to make sure the response was good and that everyone could hold their head up high at the end of the 90 minutes. The response was good, we want that for 90 minutes next time.”
Stats (CAFC first): Possession – 52% / 48%; Passes – 397 / 427; Accurate passes – 298 / 325; Shots (on target) – 7 (3) / 14 (2)