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Graveyard of promotion hopefuls

It seems strange that L1 finished their season before everyone else, not that I’m complaining, but it is odd that every other league including the National are still playing.

Wycombe got a huge 2nd goal late into the game at home to MK Dons tonight to give them every advantage of making the Wembley final, which is not until the 21st.

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Charlton Athletic 0 MK Dons 2

Let’s start first of all with that MK Dons were pretty good. They have a clear style, they move the ball confidently and patiently and have built a close knit team that are well coached and drilled.

To beat them we had to be confident, brave, smart and decisive and we were none of those things.

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League One 2021/22 Review – Part II

Next up Part II of my look at our League One rivals and those sides that the bookies think will be challenging for a play-off spot.

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MK Dons 0 Charlton Athletic 1

A win. Much needed, and if not a vaccination, a real shot in the arm.

We have seen many faces of Charlton sides in recent weeks, some had never reared their head before from a Lee Bowyer side, which had us all asking ourselves unpleasant questions.

But last night the boys in red and fetching black shorts, looked much more familiar. There was a bite, a focus and determination to win the game after we got the excellent start.

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Charlton Athletic 0 MK Dons 1

Only Charlton could play two games with watching fans during a global pandemic with most sports stadia staying empty and play absolute shite in both of them.

And as for creating an atmosphere. 2,000 fans spread out in three vast stands, in the cold, sat miles from each other and wearing a mask, with nothing to cheer and get excited about is not conducive to the craziness of a 94th minute winner at Wembley.

I’d be interested in the view of any Addicks that went tonight of what they thought of the experience.

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League One 2020/21 Preview – Part II

We’ll push on with this even though we are two games in. For Part II we are moving south to Lincolnshire as I continue my preview of our League One competitors.

Lincoln City comfortably survived their first season in tier 3 for over 20 years and will approach this season confident of further improvement under Michael Appleton.

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New player. Signs. For 3 years. For a fee!

What a weird time to be a Charlton fan as Ms Meire would say.

On our knees, no money, no owner, not allowed to sign anybody, then just before bedtime a ‘Done Deal’ alert.

MK Dons’ 25-year midfielder Alex Gilbey joins for 3-years for an undisclosed fee. Three years. Fee. Huh.

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MK Dons 1 Charlton Athletic 2

F5, F5, F5, F5..

For about 90 seconds Addicks’ celebrated a little breathing space after Josh Megennis headed in his third in four matches to put us 2-0 up at Stadium MK. However, nope, they had to keep us all on tenterhooks, and for me that was pressing the refresh button what appeared every couple of minutes, but it was probably more likely every few seconds on Twitter whilst on a flight from Austin, Texas to New York.

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Repeat episode

Bradford City appointed Simon Grayson as their new manager today. The Bantams have not won a league game since New Years Day. Milton Keynes Dons appointed ex-U16 England manager Dan Micciche a couple weeks back and he has overseen three defeats. MK have won just once since Novemeber.

Oh yes ladies and gentlemen, we have seen this episode before….

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Charlton Athletic 2 MK Dons 2

Frustration..

Listening on the radio at 1-0 I was thinking if we don’t get this second then they are bound to get a chance. After Josh Magennis headed us into an early lead we dominated for the rest of the first period. In the 2nd half Mark Marshall should have secured the points when he failed from a one-on-one.

Then, sure enough after Reeves was fouled the referee, who got more unhinged as the game went on, played on and Agard scored with a header at the far post. It almost got worse when Aneke, described by Karl Robinson as the best player in the league, also fluffed a one-on-one chance.

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League One preview 17/18 – part III

Part I, Lancastrians and Yorkshire folk here, Part II and the Manc’s here.

Onto Middle England then, which is a little sparse when it comes to League One clubs. Just Walsall the only proper Midlands side.

Last season was a whole lot of disappointment for Walsall’s supporters after the incredible campaign the year previous when they finished 3rd, but ultimately missed out on promotion in the play-offs. The man credited with that inspirational season was Jon Whitney, but last season he and his players were a million miles away from a repeat in what was a turgid if not relegation threatened season.

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Charlton Athletic 0 MK Dons 2

Running out of things to write to be honest. Whilst the tribute to fellow Addick PC Keith Palmer made one feel proud to be a Charlton fan the tripe dished up afterwards by Robinson and his players was nothing short of embarrassing.

Despite all the words, heartfelt undoubtably, from Robinson’s mouth before the game, once again despite the significance of the evening he was singularly unable to get the players up for what was a huge 3 points. Fortunately Port Vale are making hard work of their games in hand and Millwall did us a favour at Shrewsbury.

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A tribute worthy of a hero

There has been very little to praise the club over the past three years but the tribute they announced today to PC Keith Palmer deserves applauding.

The club will donate 50 per cent of all of next Tuesday’s ticket sales to the fund for PC Palmer’s family, while Charlton players will donate the entirety of their appearance fees. There will also be a one-minute silence before the game, whilst the Charlton players will wear black armbands, as well as a special shirt which will be emblazoned with hero Keith’s Police warrant number, ‘P204752’, in tribute.
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Video nasty

Karl Robinson’s impassioned post transfer video appearance was odd. He should have probably counted to 100 before he started but evidently our Karl can’t resist a camera and a microphone.

So which player was he on about and what club was getting the full force of his anger?
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League One preview – part II

Part I here.

Rivals, non rivals, I guess it depends where you live, but Gillingham under the growing reputation of manager Justin Edinburgh were one of the surprise packages last season, only a poor slide at the end seeing them miss out on a play-off place. Edinburgh will be looking to improve on a 9th placed finish and he has added well to his squad, although Lee Martin will miss the start of the season due to a bad injury picked up in a friendly.

Scott Wagstaff also joined from Bristol City and Paul Konchesky from Leicester, but who played 36 games on loan at QPR last season. Ex-Addick Josh Wright the captain at Priestfield. Has there ever been a time when the Gills has had no ex-Charlton players? They did lose centre-back Joe Egan to Brentford but importantly have kept the sought after Bradley Dack, at least until now.

Keeping Dack will be essential and Edinburgh may need to add to his squad before the deadline, but I expect Gills to be challenging for the play-offs again. Promotion 10/1. Relegation 7/1.
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