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A big final day all around us in League One and in The Championship. Unsure to why we get Sunday all to ourselves.

Sheffield Wednesday were relegated a year after they really should have been as Wayne Rooney’s Derby County survived by the skin of their teeth thanks to a heartbreaking late goal for Cardiff that meant that Rotherham also dropped despite leading in Wales for so much of the game.

I had Soccer Saturday on and Paul Merson spent the whole of the first half complaining. I don’t know what sort of game he was expecting at Pride Park, but he was a little bit more present in the 2nd half, after a word from the director I guess.

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Well done Bow

I don’t have a lot of like for Birmingham City. I’ve been to St. Andrews numerous times and most of them have been rather unpleasant, off the field anyway. Yet I have been keeping an eye on their progress under Lee Bowyer, and today a win at ‘Wayne Rooney’s Derby’ secured their Championship safety which looked very dubious upon his arrival in mid-March.

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Home form

Lee Bowyer touched on a topic many of us have highlighted as a problem today, and that is our miserable home form.

By my calculations under Bowyer at The Valley since he took over with fans in the ground the Addicks won 26 of their 46 league games that were played. That does not include play-off’s, or games this season with a small number of socially distanced fans allowed in.

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Charlton Athletic 3 Fleetwood Town 2

I was off the radar yesterday. I think that is what the glued-to-the-election-other-half said to me when I eventually got home last night before falling asleep on the sofa.

Thanks to Benjy Nurick’s Twitter feed I did manage to follow the game and at 2-0 with us steaming forward at every opportunity and not having conceded a goal forever the game sounded a forgone conclusion with just over half an hour gone.

Spoke too soon I said to myself after Ched Evans scored twice in two minutes to bring Fleetwood level.

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Wednesday docked 12 points. But not yet

What a farce. The EFL covering themselves in glory again.

Now I will say we finished 2nd from bottom after 46 games and deserved our fate. You are where you are. We had our chances but blew it. Bowyer and his team got blood out of a stone and somehow managed to win 48 Championship points with a middling League One squad, a ridiculous and hugely distracting ownership saga, a long and debilitating injury list, our best player refusing to play, and a transfer embargo just one of the many behind the scenes troubles.

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Leeds United 4 Charlton Athletic 0

It’s hard to write this. Hard to take, and even harder to look into our future now.

Of course we shouldn’t have been here. Having to go to the league’s best team needing to win. We’d already blown it. When Birmingham’s scored last week I knew that. Congratulations to Luton and Barnsley. They properly stepped up when they had too, and commiserations to Wigan and their supporters. How about that bottom three f*ucked over by shysters eh?

EFL, you must be proud, and I hope Lyle Taylor and Chris Solly sleep well tonight.

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Charlton Athletic 2 Wigan Athletic 2

Torture isn’t it? No one ever said supporting this football club was going to be easy. Ever.

When the fixtures came out over a year ago, we all collectively sighed ‘I hope we don’t have to go to Elland Road needing something?’ Well, slow forward 12 months and here we are.

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Birmingham City 1 Charlton Athletic 1

Gut wrenching. 93rd minute. What a hammer blow.

If we are going to do this, then it will be the bloody hard way…. always.

Absolutely gutted tonight. One point from the last two games. Even two would have given us something to cling onto. F sake.

Strange game really to summarize. We unusually had the majority of the possession, but they had 23 shots to our 7. Phillips could be criticized for their goal, but blimey he had a brilliant game, and without him we would have not have been clinging onto a 1-0 lead into injury time. Brilliant penalty save by the way.

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Charlton Athletic 0 Reading 1

I was fuming after that today. It was so frustrating. Yes blame the referee, blame Lyle Taylor, blame who you want, but we are a shower in front of goal.

Three goals in nine games. How hard can we make this for ourselves?

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As we were

Our last two games, no hopes, and no points, so as we were then.

Positives to move on with? We didn’t lose to Millwall in injury time, and more seriously we played very well against Brentford. The absolute form team in this division who had been brushing teams aside pre and post lockdown.

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Brentford 2 Charlton Athletic 1

Tonight was a free hit. Brentford have been rolling over teams and for my pound, deserve promotion. Yet to be ahead for more than an hour and lose to a penalty and what looked an own goal to me is pretty sickening. The facts of the matter are though Brentford are a very impressive side and we were becoming more and more under the cosh before they won their penalty.

Bow made several changes, perhaps with an eye to Saturday, but it was good to see Jonny Williams back, and I thought he, Sam Field, Jake Forster-Caskey and Alfie Doughty all played admirably.

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Charlton Athletic 0 Millwall 1

Every time, same old Charlton blah blah.

I write these games off. Ever since the 70’s. Give them the six points at the beginning of the season, saves all the false hope’s and let-down’s.

I had to go out for dinner at the 2nd half drink’s break. Other than the constant threat of Jed Wallace, I thought we were doing alright up until that point. The giant Smith was off as was Romeo and Jonny had just been introduced and I think we were edging it. Still wasn’t confident of course, doesn’t take a seer to work the end result out against that lot.

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Sympathy for Wigan’s plight

As we totter on the edge of administration ourselves we should have every sympathy for Wigan’s fans and players after the Latics became the first professional club in England to fall into administration during the Covid-19 crisis.

It looks to me like another case of a murky and obscure flipping of control of a football club. Our friends at the EFL look culpable again after approving the takeover just last month by an entity called New Leader Fund (NLF) from a Hong Kong operation called International Entertainment Corporation (IEC), a Cayman Islands-registered company which owns a hotel and casino in the Philippines.

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Cardiff City 0 Charlton Athletic 0

A great point to bring home from Wales tonight.

Another defensive blockade and when we needed him Dillon Phillips delivered with the one big save of the night from Adomah.

The result was all the more significant as Lee Bowyer made seven changes to his line-up and changed the formation. Adam Matthews and Tomer Hemed didn’t travel due to small knocks and Sam Field and Jake Forster-Caskey started in a three-man midfield after long lay-offs.

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Off to Cymru

With hotels closed in Wales it will be a day trip to Cardiff on Tuesday for Charlton in their next behind closed doors game as part of this summer’s mini-season.

Cardiff City have propelled themselves into the top six since we re-started. The old adage that every game in this league is tough is no more apparent than our next three games as we now go full steam into a rollercoaster of games until the end of this prolonged season.

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