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Farewell Macauley

Charlton sold Macauley Bonne to QPR this morning in a deal expected to be worth £2m with an added sell-on clause. He scored 11 goals for us after signing from Leyton Orient last summer.

Lee Bowyer called Bonne a project. I never felt quite sure that he was Lee’s pick, but he took the 24-year old on and Bonne was a willing pupil. That project work is still ongoing and it’ll be interesting to see how Mark Warburton further develops him.

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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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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 Middlesbrough 1

The third defeat in a row, with no goals scored and into the bottom three for the first time this season. This is not for the feint hearted.

At the end of the day it was another defensive blooper that saw us lose, Ben Purrington gifting the ball away in the 17th minute that ended with McNair scoring the winner.

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Charlton Athletic 3 Bristol City 2

Who said Santa’s work was done? A much welcomed three points won at a crackling Valley with Macauley Bonne and Alfie Doughty leading the plaudits. We conceded two again, and defensively we still have many things to work on, but that fighting spirit was there in bundles to give us all a big Boxing Day grin.

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Tres Bonne

Great news, hearty good news in fact from Macauley Bonne who has been declared 100% fit and well to carry on playing after undergoing cardiac tests.

Bonne pulled out of the Zimbabwe squad after a ‘heart scare’ following what are regular cardiac screenings.

A club statement said: “The results of these investigations have been discussed with the sports cardiologist and the player will continue to play and train as normal. The club will continue to regularly screen his heart as recommended, as we do with all our players from U15 through to the first team.” Great news.

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Bow 5th longest serving manager

One week on. Are we over it yet? Nah, me neither, even though my brain has been through an abundance of senses travelling with work in Nevada and California this past week, that final few minutes plays over and over.

The international break is an annoyance, even though I noticed that England qualified for next year’s Euro tour. Shocking to hear Joe Gomez getting booed too, some people are such idiotic lemmings.

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West Bromwich Albion 2 Charlton Athletic 2

I love this team, they really don’t give a flying do they? They will go toe to toe with anybody.

What an immense couple of games, and it would have been mortifying to walk away again with another fully undeserved defeat.

West Brom are a very good side, and were very good going forward on the counter, yet our team of bandaged up warriors stood strong and once again made their mark on this great league. With 9 men injured and Leko unavailable, we had a subs bench with four academy players on it, yet, again Bowyer was able to put out a team and strategy onto the pitch that gave our opponents a real headache all afternoon.. a bit like our magnificent noisy fans behind the goal.

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Bristol City 2 Charlton Athletic 1

Not sure what to think about that. Watching was quite intense, but looking back the game was split into intervals. One thing is for sure we did not deserve to lose.

I thought the first half hour we imposed ourselves on the game excellently with Sam Field as the midfield pivot the real catalyst for our high pressing driving game. We held the ball well and had some good forward moments in the 1st half without really threatening, but nor did they.

Losing first Field and then JFC, now in an even more alien position of left-back, was a killer. You could tell it shook us. The changes weren’t necessarily drastic although I don’t like Solly at left back and Pratley was clearly being saved for Saturday, but it hit our flow and I’m sure Bowyer was pleased to get them back to the changing room.

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Formulae

I wrote the other day that it’s nigh on impossible to guess how we will line up in games. Bow said yesterday that it was the first time the team had played to that formation. It looked like (from watching on Valley Pass) that we were 5-4-1 with Solly and JFC advanced wing backs and a flat midfield. That put a lot of trust in Bonne, but he did not disappoint, despite the fact a year ago he was playing in a FA Cup qualifying tie at Maidstone.

Whilst Jacko and Marsh are drilling the players on set-pieces, Bowyer must spend hours in a room studying opponent’s strengths and weaknesses. Derby and Phillipe Cocu are no slouches but yesterday we picked them off at a corner and targeted the £10m Krystian Bielik. Teams appear to be obsessed in playing out from the back pedestrian like believing they are playing for Man City.

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Charlton Athletic 3 Derby County 0

To a man they were outstanding today shoving aside last year’s play-off finalists showing once again that the Addicks can live side by side with anyone in this league.

It’s an absolute joy to watch this side. The work rate and the unconditional desire sends goose bumps down the back of the neck. They were all magnificent, but Darren Pratley was sumptuous at the back playing in between Lockyer and Sarr as Bow moved to a formation we’d never tried before and only worked on since Thursday.

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Fulham 2 Charlton Athletic 2

It’s great this division isn’t it? So proud of the boys today who fully deserved their point in front of the cameras in which Scott Minto, Lyle Taylor and Chris Powell also proudly watched on.

Fulham probably have the best roster of players in the league, and in a space of a week we have met three of the biggest promotion contenders, and we have ended it with our heads held high.

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Charlton Athletic 1 Leeds United 0

What a great weekend to be an Addick. Leeds United, in almost everyone’s estimation, champions elect packed off back to Yorkshire by this never say die Charlton team, a team of mini-Lee Bowyer’s.

As expected we had to withstand a lot of possession based pressure from Leeds, but a lot of it was in non-threatening areas. Brentford for example carried more goal threat a few weeks back.

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Just the one out on loan

What with first Beram Kayal’s delayed loan and then the ongoing signing of Tomer Hemed, transfer deadline day was a bit of a moving target for us Addicks, but yesterday’s transfer deadline #2 didn’t really shake any foundations as only one young squad member headed out on loan.

Brendan Wiredu goes out on loan to Colchester United until January. The 19-year featured in Lee Bowyer’s pre-season plans and was at Bromley at the end of last season. Colchester have good pedigree of producing and improving young players and Wiredu made his debut tonight for the U’s in the EFL trophy.

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Pratley extends contract

Darren Pratley was Lee Bowyer’s second signing (his first was Lyle Taylor, so not a bad first couple of picks), and the 34-year has been an exceptional force on and off the pitch in his time in SE7. His performances and fitness at the latter stages of last season, especially in the play-off’s, were exceptional and he’s started this season in the same vein.

Today Pratley signed a years contract extension taking him to June 2021. Our most experienced player alongside Bowyer and Jackson must be an inspiration for our roster of excellent young midfielders.

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