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What a day out

With no football, and this time of year signaling the closing of season’s past I’ve enjoyed isolating over old Charlton memories – games at Stamford Bridge, Twerton Park, Portman Road and Brunton Park of course, but it was a year ago today that gave me one of my favourite away day memories.

The 1st leg play-off tie will always be overlooked because of the remarkable (there will never be a word that will describe the night properly) 2nd leg game, but that Sunday was a corker of a day out.

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Aribo picks Rangers

I am sure Steven Gerrard had a huge influence on Joe Aribo’s decision to move to the Scottish Premier League with Rangers. If Lee Bowyer improved Joe, then Gerrard will take him to the next level as a footballer, and an athlete.

Yet, it is hard not to shake your head by this move. Short term, okay. Playing under Gerrard, getting regular games, challenging for trophies (again), throw in a bit of Europa Cup. But, the SPL has been as graveyard for many young players, and old, and what happens when Gerrard leaves, or Aribo outgrows that team? Is the SPL the stepping stone, the evolution of a player ready for a move to the EPL?

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Doncaster Rovers 1 Charlton Athletic 2

Back at Gatwick now with a very croaky voice and a head full of songs and dreams.

These last few years most of us, and very certainly me, have lost and forgotten what it was to be a Charlton fan. The fellowship, the connection, the unerring pride and hope handed down through generations or founded by those new to being an Addick. It was gone, perhaps forever. Don’t get me wrong the old bastard can’t sell the club a day too soon, but Lee Bowyer, his coaching team, and the group of players he has brought together has somehow, in spite of the owner, given us something to cheer and believe in.

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Charlton Athletic 2 Portsmouth 1

A fantastic performance from the Addicks today, and on the TV as well. After taking five minutes to settle we dominated the vast majority of the game playing some wonderful stuff, chasing every lose ball, and never shirking a challenge.

Of course it wouldn’t be Charlton if we didn’t have to hang on a bit at the finish, and after last week I was shuffling uncomfortably on the couch at the end.

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Charlton Athletic 0 Blackpool 0

We may have lost Karlan Grant’s goals, but we’ve also lost his pace. We have to be so much easier to defend against as we play in front of opposition defenders instead of behind them and around them. I don’t expect Dillon Phillips gives us the quick counterattack outlet that Steer did either.

It was good to see Joe Aribo back who had a very influential spell of the game, but obviously tired later, but that midfield doesn’t sound right to me, and hasn’t been itself since the much heralded (me included) return of Cullen. Square pegs, round holes comes to mind. Not much Bow can do now about losing and not being allowed to replace Grant, but his midfield decision making is key.

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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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Walking wounded

Last Christmas I gave you my heart
The very next day you gave it away
This year to save me from tears I gave it to Lyle Taylor

Big day for Lyle Taylor tomorrow against his former side for whom played 133 games, and a club he still has strong opinions about. Taylor left Fratton Park on Tuesday night in a protective boot after taking a kick on the foot, but according to the manager nothing will stop Taylor playing on Saturday.

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Lewis Page signs contract extension

Let’s not deny it, but Lewis Page has more reason than most of the other young starlets that Lee Bowyer is attempting to secure to a contract extension beyond the end of this season, to sign one.

The injury plagued 22-year old has only played 55 league games, the majority of those coming this year, and just as he was starting to establish himself under Bowyer’s tutelage, once again the unfortunate left back is on the sidelines. Page know he needs a run of games and to be settled and hence it’s no surprise to me that he is the first player out of those offered to commit.

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Charlton Athletic 2 Doncaster Rovers 0

A welcome straightforward win at The Valley for the Addicks yesterday. Donny were quick out of the blocks, but we scored goals at the right time and were rarely troubled in the 2nd half as we played the game out sensibly in the last 20 minutes with no dramas.

Interesting that Bowyer reverted to the exact team and formation that beat Barnsley. From the radio and reading eye witness reports Bielik was good and defensively we were a better unit, although Dijksteel was a little wobbly on the right side early on.

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It’s gonna be a long week

Lied to again by the club it seems. Patrick Bauer wasn’t offered a new contract, just an extension on his new one, which he has refused, or in fact Duchatelet offered nothing at all. Judging by his Tweet today to 4,700 followers he may not be sticking around until Saturday. And who can blame him?

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Mixed messages

Another less than straight forward day for us Addicks.

I woke to an article from Rich Cawley saying that Duchalelet was preparing the sale of Patrick Bauer to Blackburn for as little as £400,000. A deal attractive to the Belgian as the cash would all be upfront.

Rich followed this by suggesting that Duchatelet is also planning to cash in Tariqe Fosu and Joe Aribo, and that he will not sanction a pre-season tour. This because he refuses to pay for anything other than the operating costs, which he will fund with a fire-sale.

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Dasilva POTY

Lil Jay Dasilva became the second ever loan player to win Charlton’s Player of the Year last night. The left back on a season’s loan from Chelsea has been outstanding and has to be one of the brightest full back prospects in the country. The 20-year old has made 42 appearances thus far this season despite a couple of injuries and in total has made over 50 appearances in a Addicks’ shirt with his loan spell at the end of last season.

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Charlton Athletic 1 Gillingham 2

New low..

it’s relegation form. 3 points from 24. 8 games without a win and dumped out of the FA Cup. Today and the next three games were a brilliant opportunity to thrust us back into promotion picture. Yet, now we sit 4 points off the play-off’s, 17 from automatic and 19 points adrift of the top. We have the worst goal difference in the top half of the table, but a game in hand. Against second placed unshakable Shrewsbury.

If the first half at Southend was atrocious, no words exist for today’s first 45. Only Robinson knows why he left Aribo and KAG on the bench. How rubbish is Reeves? No leaders on the pitch. A hapless back four, and when will we learn to not bring back players not fully fit. JFC and Best injured today. Reeves pointless and Magennis lost.

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Southend United 1 Charlton Athletic 1

A last minute equalizer by Andrew Crofts salavaged what sounded like an undeserved point at Roots Hall today. It was the Shrimpers who made the most chances and we had to thank Dillon Phillips and a missed open goal just before Aribo set up Crofts to smash home in the 90th minute.

For the longest time travelling Addicks had little to cheer although in a couple of minute spell in the 2nd half we had two chances well saved and the very impressive Joe Aribo hit the bar.

However it looked like another blank for Robinson until Crofts got his first Charlton goal to give us a point, which looking at the team and bench before kick off was probably more than we could have anticipated against an in form Southend.
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