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Portsmouth 1 Charlton Athletic 2

The transfer day weather was sunny periods with later dark clouds but as those lifted we had a football match and bloody good it was too.

Fratton Park has been a happy hunting ground and 1,230 Addicks were making all the noise again tonight in front of the Sky cameras.

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Charlton Athletic 2 Portsmouth 2

Not really sure how to react to that. The game showed us good, mediocre and bad. There was good character to come back twice from behind, but the 1st half was very poor and Pompey should have been home and hosed by the time we even got going. Yet, even then we had more chances than we’ve had in any home match this season.

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League One 2021/22 Review – Part I

The first part of my League One rate the competition review guide….guide is a massive overstatement by the way, but hopefully you will stick with it.

League One is wide open this coming season, possibly only a handful of teams will have their ambitions fixed solely on survival, everyone else will either have a longing for a play-off place, expect a concerted challenge towards it or will have a vision of top two.

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Charlton Athletic 1 Portsmouth 3

We were well beaten tonight by a team that look well equipped for a strong promotion challenge, which I am slowly coming round to the realization that we are not.

Our performance was once again punctuated by shambolic defending, no obvious game plan, half-time substitutes, piss-poor passing and no cutting edge.

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Pompey game called off. Now on Tuesday

It’s poured all week in London town, and about an hour before kick off the officials called our game against Portsmouth off, the first game called off for weather since Roland Duchatelet refused to repair the pitch drainage.

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Portsmouth 0 Charlton Athletic 2

A statement sending victory that one.

The tactics, game plan and the game management spot on. A magnificent defensive display again even with a makeshift back four, which became even more makeshift when Akin Famewo left the field with quarter of an hour left.

Portsmouth on the back of a very good run themselves presented our biggest challenge to date, and although we started slow, we grew into the game with the midfield four of Pratley, Shinnie, Forster-Caskey and Williams peerless, individually and as a collective.

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League One 2020/21 Preview – Part III

Part III and my final look at our fellow League One teams teams this season. I started in the north in Part I and moved towards the middle of the country in Part II and lastly we have the southern teams for this conclusion.

Karl Robinson had a sticky start to LAC (life after Charlton) but this is his third full season at Oxford United and a sense of optimism fills the town. Robinson’s side fell at the final hurdle a couple of months back but have kept the majority of that squad together.

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Luton and Barnsley promoted

Nerves rattled both Portsmouth and Sunderland last night when with an eye on second place both came unstuck meaning that without kicking a ball both Luton and Barnsley were promoted.

Peterborough were two-up at Fratton Park, but then we’re hauled level. However with their own promotion push on a knife edge Posh went back in front and are now a point behind Doncaster. On Sunday Peterborough are at home to Burton and Doncaster home to Coventry.

Who one of those plays in the play-offs is all up for grabs. Even the Addicks can snatch 3rd on Sunday but Portsmouth are in pole position facing Accrington at home, although Stanley did score five last week. Sunderland have a tricky one away at Southend, who need to win.

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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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Brave face

Bow put on a brave face when talking about our promotion rivals spending in the January transfer window, but if it didn’t only highlight the budgetary disparities between us and them, it also shone a massive spotlight on differing board ambitions.

None of the clubs at the top with us are loaded with money, yet Bow’s fellow managers and Steve Gallen equivalents were all allowed to haggle and barter in the window for the betterment of their squads and Sunderland, Portsmouth, Luton and Peterborough have all come out the other end with a deeper and, on paper at least, a stronger collection of players.

Doncaster, who have one of the lowest budgets in the league, were pretty inactive in January but importantly kept John Marquis despite interest from Sunderland, and a late bid from Swansea. In demand Alfie May also signed a contract extension.

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Portsmouth 1 Charlton Athletic 2

What a performance. A game of two halves from the Addicks. The first of quick movement, passing and attacking threat, the 2nd knee deep in the trenches repelling wave after wave of attack.

Last season’s victory at Fratton Park was one of the season’s best memories, and once again in front of a noisy Addicks’ support we beat the league leaders, handing them only their second deafeat of the season, following an immense display in equal measures of ability and backbone.

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2018/19 League One Preview – Part Two

The second part of my look at our League One rivals as we enter our third consecutive season under our current genius owner. I am sure he is reading this as he renews his subscription for Valley Pass.

Here was Part One of my 2018/19 League One preview, which went Accrington Stanley to Coventry City.

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Portsmouth 0 Charlton Athletic 1

What a difference a week makes..

How an earth is that the same team that we saw last Saturday? Bowyer may well have learnt more from two defeats than three consecutive wins, and he deserves massive credit for turning it around.

That was an outstanding result today by a team that carried out his instructions exactly. I watched the 2nd half on iFollow and there wasn’t one moment when a Pompey player wasn’t surrounded by one or two Charlton ones. They chased and harried every single ball, and when in possession we were clever and precise with it.

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Charlton Athletic 0 Portsmouth 1

Typical..

I somehow wonder how we ever won at Wembley and that game 25 years ago you know. You can always rely on them to let you down.

Nonetheless Killer, Super Clive, Jimmy Melrose, Bobby Bolder, Paddy Powell, Colin Walsh etc etc is what 25 years ago is about to us fans. I don’t suspect the average 20-something modern day footballer worries about Valley Party’s and bonfires on the centre circle, but what they should be worried about is today’s league table and how it looks next May. That’s how they will be judged, but by all accounts the class of 2017 never turned up!

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Walsh 3.07pm

25 years ago. Doesn’t seem possible but the Addicks welcome Portsmouth, befittingly the team we have played the most in our history, back to The Valley tomorrow afternoon in a wild quirk of fate. Thanks EFL for actually doing something right.

That Saturday 25 years ago is ingrained in my memory. My brother and I and a couple of mates were at Barnsley the week before and that was a carnival atmosphere on their away open terrace.

However getting tickets for the 8,337 sell out wasn’t easy. My Mum, brother and I were season ticket holders at Upton Park, but my Dad, who was getting a little disillusioned with it, wasn’t so sadly he missed out on the game, but the rest of us went with my mates.

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