Burton Albion 3 Charlton Athletic 3
Another crazy upside down game which unfortunately glaringly exposed our deficiencies again.
Another draw, we’ve drawn half our games and despite the euphoria of Ipswich and three cup wins in a week, that was another poor display against a team we should be beating.
We even went 2-0 up against the run of play. Burton settled quicker into their pattern of long balls, throws and deep crosses and we were ponderous with our game, short of ideas and looked knackered.
Then, in a blink of an eye Charlie Kirk scored two expertly taken goals to have us 2-0 up on 36 minutes against a team that are bottom, have shipped the most goals in the league with over a 1,000 Addicks behind one goal noisily plotting to be the 12th man.
What could possibly go wrong?
Steve Brown said that Curbs would direct a piercing whistle, whilst pointing frantically to his head at his teams after we’d score in those days, and every player would face the restart like it was the start of the match and quickly take any ardour out of the opposition. Ben Garner clearly needs to practice his whistling.
6 clean sheets in 25 league and cup games tells it’s own story. Our second-ball sorties were atrocious, we were a mess at corners and set-plays and with Dobson and Fraser equally culpable, we regularly parted when attacked like the Red Sea.
Somehow, although sadly to no surprise we went from 2-0 up to 2-2 as the half-time whistle blew.
It got worse 2nd half as Burton scored again and there looked no way back for us as they peppered our box with corners and crosses with only Craig MacGillivray and hapless finishing keeping the score down.
Burton had 25 shots at goal, with 10 on target.
We had just four shots at goal, but three of them were goals, and what lovely goals they were.
Both of the makeshift no. 10’s scored, whilst Stockley never came remotely close. Chuks once again causing chaos when he came on, and doing brilliantly to win the ball just in his own half and put a peach of a ball through to Rak-Sakyi to lob the equalizer.
Whether it was deserved or not is up for debate, but Garner has to work on this team’s weaknesses, which are many.
One last thing. I and all Addicks will hope that Joe Wollacott’s injury does not stop him getting on the plane to Ghana’s World Cup camp on Monday.
Ben Garner: “These players are giving everything, the staff are giving everything and we’re trying to get the maximum out of what we’ve got at the moment. Character and mentality that’s definitely improving all the time. We’ve got to get through to January in the best position that we can and then we have to get reinforcements in and strengthen the squad.”
Stats (CAFC first): Possession – 55% / 45%; Passes – 468 / 375; Accurate passes – 368 / 277; Shots (on target) – 12 (4) / 25 (10)