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League One preview 17/18 – part IV

Part I, Lancastrians and Yorkshire types here, Part II for Greater Mancunians here, and Part III for Middle Englanders here.

Right then, my final part and the good old South of England. I’ll start my way from the eastern most club to the one furthest west.

One of a few seaside clubs in the division, Southend United chased a play-off berth all the way to the final game of last season, a nod to what a bit of experience and stability in these trigger happy days of football management can do. Only Keith Hill pips Phil Brown in the League One longevity stakes.

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Charlton Athletic 0 Oxford United 1

A new low, but with plenty of deep water below us to consume us.

The photos doing the rounds tonight of an empty Valley are utterly depressing. Thank you Roland for your legacy. We have been truly blessed.

Sadly I think we are nowhere near the bottom as now Karl Robinson struggles to control an ever more spiralling out of control football club. His post match interview blamed everyone and everybody and he talked of players he didn’t have. This after what he said was a good transfer window. Three points and no wins in the five games since and this with an almost entirely fully fit squad, although our displinary record is horrible. More fouling Robinson said when he joined if you remember.

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Good time to play U(s)?

It should be a good time to play Oxford. They suffered late FA Cup heartache at Middlesbrough on Saturday after superbly clawing their way back to 2-2 against Premier League opposition.

3,200 U’s fans shared that heartache on Teeside on Saturday and there will be many less at The Valley tonight. Mind you there won’t be that many Addicks either as The Valley is set to witness another sub 10,000 official attendance.

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Oxford United 1 Charlton Athletic 1

I know little of Saturday’s game apart from what I have read from eye-witnesses and I don’t think it was much cop. A sell out away end didn’t seem impressed and I note that the anti Roland songs are getting louder and more prolonged.

Just 2 wins from 9 games, and those against two teams below us in the table. It’s early, although I always take note of that 10-game barometer, but as Barnsley will attest this league is most definitely a marathon and not a sprint.
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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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