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Coventry City 2 Charlton Athletic 1

Coventry completed the double over us today after we delivered a half-hearted, leggy Boxing Day display at the Ricoh Arena. Too much Christmas pud they used to say, and those witness said we were well below par in every position.

We shouldn’t get too low. Our recent form has propelled us from 13th to 4th in 11 games and defeats are going to happen. Nonetheless undeserved it may have a been, but a point would have been nice to keep us on Sunderland’s tails. Having said that, Luton are on fire and Pompey are still top despite winning one in four but are a clear 8 points ahead of us.

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Cold meats and pickles

Merry Christmas to you all.

I trust you are getting stuck into some smoked salmon and scrambled eggs and climbing over wrapping paper and not reading this first thing on Christmas morning.

I’m spending Christmas at home this year, just the three of us, although I think Santa may have possibly delivered next door and the door after’s presents down our chimney as well. We could be unwrapping for a while.

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Charlton Athletic 1 Coventry City 2

Hugely disappointing today. Another game we dominated but didn’t make it count and as night follows day we folded as Coventry changed it up, went more direct and found our weak spot down the wings. That’s 9 goals conceded in 3 games and how many from crosses?

We can’t kill teams off, only once have we won this season by more than one goal, and with our defence as holey as the Vatican, we are looking like we need to score many more than one to win.

I love it when Bowyer talks top two, talks his team up, but we are so far off the top two and unless we sort out the defence and possibly change the keeper our promotion journey will turn itself around and make it’s way to mid table.

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2018/19 League One Preview – Part One

With motivational levels at an all time low, I have managed to drag some fingers over my keypad to look at our fellow League One rivals and give them each a mini once over for the new season.

Let’s start at the beginning of the alphabet with Accrington Stanley, who will play at their highest ever level in 50 years after winning League Two last season following a magnificent run of 16 wins in 19 games between January and April culminating in an historic promotion.

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Coventry City 1 Charlton Athletic 1

An widely anticipated sharing of the points today as both sets of fans built on their kinship with a joint pre-match march and a plastic pig invasion halting the game twice and forcing the players from the field. An expected pitch invasion before the end of the game which saw Cov relegated was averted by a large presence of stewards and police.

The two clubs have much in common and it is a crying shame to see the Sky Blues relegated and they so obviously need a change of ownership and a caring pair of hands to see them arrest their slide. Nonetheless Mark Robins at least looks like he has the ability to win some football matches unlike our bloke as we were completely outplayed and Declan Rudd was a clear player of the match.

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Thank Vale

“Yesterday I felt the first pangs of a new season. Pearce’s signing bringing me out of a sweaty summer stupor, helped or hindered, I can’t work out which, by the fact that I finally added the fixtures to my calendar.”me the day before the season started in August.

Fast forward 7 months and on a cold chilly night in Bermuda there I am searching for the Port Vale score and punching the air to celebrate a Vale defeat. Mark Robins’ Coventry, who are all but relegated, were 2-0 up at half-time. Kyel Reid scored a stunning opener and won their first game in seven. Relegation would mean Coventry playing in the 4th tier for the first time in 58 years.
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Charlton Athletic 3 Coventry City 0

For me trying to follow the game remotely, the game and therefore the result was a little secondary on Saturday. Greater forces of importance were at play yesterday afternoon in a wonderful coming together of two sets of supporters. Coventry fans take a bow and I really hope you rid yourselves of the imposters that have somehow got themselves to be leaders of your famous club’s future. 

As for us, the result, a much needed 3 points, showed again that there is no correlation between full scale protests and the team’s performance on the pitch, in fact to the contrary if anything, it has been a spark provided by fans to give the team a platform to actually show us what they can do. 

The first half, a cracker of a goal by Ricky Holmes aside, was pretty uneventful on the pitch accept for the arrival of 3,000 pink pigs thrown on by Addicks and Sky Blues’ fans just after kick off to remind our respective owners that pigs are more likely to fly than they give two snorts about the future of our historic football clubs.
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Marching on together 

I’m stuck in Texas unable to get to Miami due to Hurricane Matthew, so I’m catching up with the Charlton news and I see that with 9 days to go until the Coventry protest match, Ms Meire has offered to meet CARD next week in an obvious PR effort to stem fan’s disposition to join the likely huge protests. Before CARD could respond Meire with the help of PR firm Pitch leaked the club’s offer to the media.

And CARD’s response was superb. A firm, detailed and exceptionally passionate response that can be read here.

“You had two years to talk and you declined to do so. Now it is time for you to go” is pretty unrelenting way to sign off. Nothing from Meire of course.

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CARD to resume protests

The Coalition Against Roland Duchâtelet (CARD) announced today after last night’s most recent on the field disappointment that they will resume their organized protests at the home game versus Coventry on October 15th.

Whilst away from The Valley anti Duchâtelet and Meire songs, chants and flags have filled away ends, the sparse home crowds have been devoid of the pre, during and post match protests we saw last season, although there was a black and white day to coincide with the visit of AFC Wimbledon.

At the beginning of the season CARD said that they would not organize any protests during the opening month of Russell Slade’s reign as manager, and in that time The Valley faithful have seen just one league win from 5 games and a League Cup defeat.

Many Addicks, myself included, have been calling out for a resumption of the protests, especially since Duchâtelet and the so called senior management team appear to have learnt nothing from their previous mistakes.
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League One preview – part I

Well here we are again, back in the 3rd Division of English football. Some old friends remain like Sheffield United, who face their 6th consecutive season after being relegated in 2010/11 and for the 6th time start the season as the bookies’ favourite. Oldham Athletic also remain and with a tenure of 10 years are the division’s longest serving member. Millwall are back there as well, as are Gillingham, but strangely only 9 teams remain from our promotion season. They are Sheffield United, Oldham, Chesterfield, Colchester, MK Dons, Notts County, Rochdale, Walsall and Saturday’s opponents Bury.

We will welcome back to The Valley Phil Parkinson, now manager of Bolton and perhaps will look longingly at Chris Wilder and Keith Hill who were both interviewed for the Charlton manager’s job in the summer before it was given to Russell Slade. Amongst ex-players we will be reacquainted with are Jerome Thomas (Port Vale), Franck Moussa (Walsall), Paul Konchesky, Scott Wagstaff (both Gillingham), Marvin Sordell, Kyel Reid (both Coventry) and Eggert Jonsson (Fleetwood). Excited yet?

So, old friends, old foes, new teams, new grounds and I will cast my captivated eyes over them one by one. Not in any real detail like Kyle, but just enough to get your juices flowing with anticipation. No?
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