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Running out of excuses

Is tomorrow a must win? Game 12 of the season.

Losing or in our case drawing is a habit. We couldn’t even hang on in the Pizza Cup on Tuesday. I was needlessly annoyed after the game, and despite what Scott Marshall said this was not a youthful team, and it was shocking that after dominating we still lost to a team 3rd bottom of L2 with just one win all season.

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Injury prone

McGrandles, Jaiyesimi, Egbo, Blackett-Taylor, Sessegnon, Aneke. All injured.

You have to feel sorry for Chuks. It wasn’t his fault that Thomas waggled a large contract under his nose in January. I would have grabbed the pen and scribbled my name down very quickly as well.

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Chuks replaces Chuks

The player we never replaced has returned today on a three-and-half-year deal said to be worth £300,000.

Aneke scored 16 goals last season, and moved for a free to Birmingham during the summer. He has played 18 matches for Lee Bowyer’s side but only 370 minutes. He has scored twice this season and came on as sub in their last game.

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Chuks to Birmingham

This may confuse those that thought Chuks and Lee Bowyer didn’t get on, but money talks and so does familiarity.

Rich Cawley is reporting that Chuks Aneke is finalizing his free transfer move to St. Andrews after spending two seasons at The Valley. He has only one Championship goal to his name after spending almost his entire career in League One. He did also play 44 games in Belgium’s top league.

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Charlton Athletic 3 Lincoln City 1

So in this most forlorn of all season’s, when our home record resembles desperate relegation years, tonight the Addicks stretched out the fun and anticipation to the final game of the season by managing to beat 3rd placed Lincoln City 3-1.

Charlton Athletic, the grandmasters of kicking you in the teeth, now face champions Hull on Sunday when a win combined with not a win for both Portsmouth or Oxford will take us into the play-off’s.

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Player of the year

This is not an easy topic is it. Hard to follow Lyle Taylor or Dillon Phillips, but someone will be crowned our Player of the Year tomorrow.

You need to go here, if you haven’t done so already, to cast your vote for the most deserving case of this hugely frustrating campaign. Even Omar Bogle is available for selection. How thoughtful!

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Accrington Stanley 1 Charlton Athletic 1

Just the two games left before the curtains can close on this ghastly season. It was an ugly game, which suited the majority of all that had gone before it.

We were terrible, undeserving of a last kick equaliser. A fuddled game plan in which the only plan appeared to play like them and just hoof up into the air at every oppportunity. More upsetting was the lack of determination and mettle to try to win the game, which we had to.

There is abolutely nothing to cling onto with this team. They, all of them, truly give you nothing to believe in.

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Charlton Athletic 2 Crewe Alexandra 2

That was terrible wasn’t it. Massive must-win game and we flunked it. I can’t help but thinking of the Birmingham game at the end of last season.

It was Crewe Alexandra we were playing wasn’t it? They were so much better than us – just like Doncaster, MK Dons, Accrington, Rochdale, Swindon etc. No need to go on.

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Aneke and Inniss

When Chuks went down clutching his hamstring 2nd half on Tuesday we feared the worst. The man with the apparent glass muscles was playing only because he had his four-match ban overturned and now it looked as if he was going to be out injured. Charltonization at it’s finest.

But, that corner is there for the turning because today Lee Bowyer declared Chuks “fine” and fit. Good news, Aneke has been one of a few shining lights this season.

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Wigan Athletic 0 Charlton Athletic 1

Baby steps.

If Saturday was a head on car crash then tonight was of one of parallel parking where you get the car in the space without accident even though it is not very straight!

Tonight was not about the aesthetics, it was about the win and secondly it was about the desire to get that win.

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Chuks’ red card overturned

Is this the corner?

After the club appealed Chuks Aneke’s sending off against Blackpool on Saturday – it was in the 85th minute if you’d had already turned off by then. The Football Association’s independent Regulatory Commission have agreed and the red card has now been rescinded.

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Charlton Athletic 4 Rochdale 4

That was like watching us in the late 70’s. For those of you old enough to remember. Soul destroying, uplifting and slapstick in equal measures.

In all honesty the first half was pretty abominable. Our five man defence parted like the Red Sea on numerous occasions, and yes Rochdale probably couldn’t believe their luck as they hit goal of the season bingo with every effort on target, but it was another harrowing start to the first half. Well the middle, and end too.

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Charlton Athletic 5 AFC Wimbledon 2

That was a much better feeling wasn’t it?

It was so enjoyable to watch us attack like that in the 2nd half. We played with great tempo, got the ball out wide quickly, and into the box often. We looked really dangerous everytime we got into their final third and all in front of a noisy Covered End.

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Gillingham 1 Charlton Athletic 1

Funny game that.

I thought at times we looked sloppy, disjointed and rusty but we generally controlled the game without creating a ton. At other times our passing was crisp and judicious. We missed a penalty, conceded a time-honoured dubious one, but still left a ground we rarely do well at with a point.

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Blackpool 0 Charlton Athletic 1

This evening the newly put together Addicks squad proved they can do it on a chilly Tuesday night by the seaside as we left the Lancastrian coast with all three points.

The performance was once again a long, long way from perfect but there were encouraging signs. Ryan Inniss and Akin Famewo were dominant at the back against a good forward three for Blackpool. I thought Andrew Shinnie and Chris Gunter were more on point, and Alfie was once again a live wire, night cap and all.

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