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Charlton Athletic 4 Scunthorpe United 0

The Addicks eased to victory today without ever really needing top gear.

Scunthorpe looked a team struggling, it wasn’t a walkover but they lacked the desperation of a fighter on the ropes. The Iron had their chances but couldn’t make any count whilst Charlton played with a real freedom and in patches played some good attacking stuff to record their best win of the season to date.

Purrington, Sarr and Vetokele were back and Albie Morgan got a chance as Bielik again missed out to injury. Jake Forster-Caskey made a very welcome return on the bench.

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Scunthorpe United 5 Charlton Athletic 3

Funny, well not funny, but only yesterday one of my commenters said that our problem was that we were letting too many goals in. I replied saying we had the joint 6th best defensive record in the league. We did.

Without a doubt we have often looked shaky at the back this season, not helped by any means of it being chopped and changed due to injuries. There is also the worthwhile argument that Dillon Phillips should never have lost his place between the posts.

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2018/19 League One Preview – Part Three

Part One of my 2018/19 League One preview, which went from Accrington Stanley to Coventry City is here and Part Two that began at Doncaster and ended at Portsmouth is here.

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On to Rochdale

After last night’s Scunthorpe win over Plymouth our task on Saturday became clear. Plymouth were soundly beaten at Glanford Park, with 2-0 flattering the Pilgrims, but we have to expect them to give it everything at Gillingham on Saturday, and likewise at the same time Lee Bowyer’s team must not let up their current levels of work rate at Spotland.

Plymouth failed to capitalize on their games in hand, just as we didn’t either, proving that points in the bag are eminently more valuable.

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Charlton Athletic 0 Scunthorpe United 1

It’s good to know some things don’t change..

I’m too old in the tooth and been supporting to club too long to even be surprised by that performance. It was utter toilet from the first whistle to the last. It was almost as if those first three Bowyer games were figments of our imaginations.

It is the hope that kills you, but at least the players haven’t led us too far down the garden path and have extinguished that hope in the middle of April.

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One in, three out

That was the net result of Charlton’s transfer deadline activity. What happened to two players for each position? And the fabled third striker? The biggest concern for me, other than a lack of numbers, is the shift of experience level in the last few weeks has been seismic.

Novak, Crofts, Tex and even dare I say it Watt, are all players that have been around the block, 100+ appearances. Fosu looks good but is raw, and as for Joe Dodoo, he has played half a season at Rangers, scored 3 goals and rarely played an entire 90 minutes.

It’s honestly ground hog day, with Robinson’s timely chest thumping of how good our youngsters are, that they are our DNA blah blah. Turning down offers from Arsenal, like Wenger hasn’t got enough on his plate. Give it a rest Karl.

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League One preview 17/18 – part I

Last season was one to forget for Charlton fans, a dismal and depressing campaign means we are back for a second consecutive season in League One and the names of Fleetwood and Rochdale are becoming more familiar than those of West Ham and Crystal Palace. The 3rd Division looks to have a lot more quality to it this time around strengthening the feeling that last season was such a lost opportunity.

League One this season has a very northern feel to it so I’ll start my look at our rivals by beginning up north and then work my way down. Remember as in other years this is just a few paragraphs of each side, if you want a proper preview then head here.

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Charlton Athletic 2 Scunthorpe United 1

A much needed 3 points at an empty Valley last night with the unofficial crowd pegged at less than 5,000.

It sounded a much better performance but it also sounded a match very much played out by two of the countries least in form sides, but after a dreadful February we finally got a reaction and won one of our ‘cup ties.’

Mind you the winner came unexpectedly. By this time I was in the pub after turning off the commentary fully expecting Scunny to be the winner if there was to be one. Once they equalised they were certainly in the driving seat as I left the office. A text from my brother along the lines of “thank gosh for that” made me check to see that Tony Watt had converted a 90th minute penalty and was abruptly booked for diving into the Covered End.

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Old boiler

When the mad professor and his useless lackey finally jack it in and leave us to pick up the pieces, there won’t be a book written about their days of yore, or a movie, or a television series. No, there will be a west end show, a proper comedy romp. Oh how we will laugh….

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Road to Wembley 

The beauty of the cup long lost on Addicks’ fans since 1947. No? Ok, I was at the Old Trafford ‘things can get only better’ game, and the 1981 Ipswich Town ‘whatsa matter you’ game but seriously we are pretty much the worst team in English FA Cup history and tomorrow’s game is I believe a free pass for Russell Slade.

Drawn against the highest placed team in the hat, free scoring Scunthorpe backed by around 700 fans will give us a torrid time as Russell tinkers with his small squad. We play again on Tuesday in the ‘whatsit cup’, that I’ve not even followed and then we go to Swindon missing four players live on the box a week tomorrow.
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Scunthorpe United 0 Charlton Athletic 0

Sounded a decent game and I would happily have taken a clean sheet against a side that has been banging in the goals. The Iron had scored 9 in the preceding two home league games.

Slade set us up not to lose and waited until extraordinarily late to add some extra attacking force, which probably cost us all 3 points but with Bauer back alongside a much better Pearce we sounded much tighter at the back and all four defenders came out of the game with credit.

What a shame that Jacko couldn’t win it at the end with a trademark free-kick which cannoned off the woodwork.
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League One preview – part III

Part I is here and Part II is here.

Rochdale under Keith Hill have made the transition to League One look fairly comfortable. Two top ten finishes are not to be sniffed at as Dale keep company with much bigger and financially stronger clubs. Hill also remains at Spotland and unlike 95% of the countries managers, you have to think that the manager does control quite a lot of his own destiny.

Just a couple of additions aligned with a bit of a clear out, should mean that Dale at least stand still but with the lowest home attendance in the division last season, Hill must continue to get his players to punch above their weight. Led by young skipper Jamie Allen, it is not a squad of household names although Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, ex of Peterborough and Wolves, is there, but it is a young but clearly a non-intimidated group of players. Hill and is his team should expect a mid table finish again. Promotion 12/1. Relegation 9/2.
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Charlton Athletic 2 Scunthorpe United 2

A disappointing afternoon all round. CAFC Player was at it’s temperamental best only coming to life as the first half ended, thus I got a rather skewed view of the game.

Nevertheless Scunthorpe certainly sounded worth a point. The Iron would appear better equipped than the two other relegated teams for this division and under Alan Knill I have them listed as play-off candidates this season. My mate who gave me a post match report also confirmed that they passed the ball well and there was some delicacy to their play.

The positives are that although it seems like a loss it wasn’t, and there was still some nice passages of play with Hayes and particularly BWP looking threatening and on another day we would have scored more goals.

The downside was it was two points thrown away. We didn’t close the game out and I felt from listening to the commentary that we invited them onto us after they got the incentive of their first goal.
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