Charlton Athletic 1 Wycombe Wanderers 1
I missed yesterday as I was otherwise engaged.
9 academy players were in the starting XI and on the bench, which breathes air into the future of the football club. Incidentally though Holden didn’t make one sub, sticking with the starting line up as they sought a winner after Wycombe equalized in the 82nd minute
It sounded a decent game, but another where we couldn’t finish a team off when on top, and conceded to a set-piece as clean-sheets continue to elude us.
Miles Leaburn has had a brilliant debut season, and has improved appreciably as it has gone on. He has great poise, awareness and touch and sounds remarkably grounded and a credit to his family. I desperately hope we get a full season out of him next year.
These youngsters are the basis of Holden’s team for next season, but it needs many additions, that doesn’t have to be expensively funded, but requires planning, ambition and execution.
The season is over, but to flog season tickets, and to build morale and anticipation our home form needs a shot in the arm over the final four games at The Valley. The bloody pitch needs sorting too.
Dean Holden: “Double figures for Miles is excellent from a personal perspective. He needs to reset his objectives for the rest of the season. We’ve created chances after that and they’ve had a couple as well – we have to accept that. But I’m disappointed we didn’t go in at 2-0. There is nothing in the game before they score.”
Stats (CAFC first): Possession – 58% / 42%; Passes – 436 / 306; Accurate passes – 326 / 199; Shots (on target) – 10 (5) / 13 (4)
Photo credit: Paul Edwards
A fair result and Wycombe have a good squad of players who did cause a few issues.
They definately targeted Miles but I’m impressed that he kept a cool head after getting some very poor treatment from Wycombe.
The academy boys did the team proud and let’s hope we can get the takeover sorted in April and move forward….golden clouds on the horizon ?
I hope so, even bronze ones will be better than black Chris.
With regard to the pitch CA….I’m informed that it was badly damaged when snow was cleared from it prior to us playing Bristol in December.
The weather following in January and February was wet and cold and obviously growth didn’t happen,while we continued to play on it.
I’m also aware that the groundsmen have and are working their socks off every day to get it back to the standard it was.
On a matchday the team are in atv6am and leave around 8pm so we’ll done guys !!!
Now growth is happening it will improve as witnessed on Saturday.
Good to know. Thanks Chris.
Leaburn has had a great first season, despite one of your readers going out of his way to single him out for criticism a couple of weeks ago. As someone who has watched the junior sides for over 50 years I can say that even the best young players have the odd bad game. Consistency comes with experience. The young players need to be used with care as they are not always physically mature. Leaburn has had two periods out for injury this season and missed a significant number of games for the U18s in the 2 previous seasons, so for me he is doing well. Campbell also missed several games last season and I fear Kanu would be vulnerable if overplayed as a No9.