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River Nile

The Addicks have signed Tottenham’s Nile John on loan until the season-end. The 18-year old is an attacking midfielder and was recommended to us by Sir Chris Powell. If only Powelly could have a word with that Harry chap as well!

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In the pub my brother and I often go back to Top Five lists after a few Fosters, football related, and the recent Millwall game ūüėę got us talking again about our most hated clubs. Two are easy to name, then we have a couple of disagreements depending on individual prejudices, but in the main 80 or so of the football league I have no feelings one way or the other, apart from respect or a little bit of derision, but hatred? Not really.

Yet beyond the obvious two we always quickly settle on one team. Tottenham. Mostly because of their delusional fans, and their impenetrable right to be better than they really are, or at least have been for decades. As a reminder they last one the league in 1961, and only twice in 137 years. Then to round them off as a major annoyance, there is the ego that is Daniel Levy.

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Cristian Ceballos signs

Possibly the creative attacking midfielder Charlton have lacked since Dale Stephens or even Jonjo Shelvey is the latest signing to be announced by the club today.

Cristian Ceballos has never made a first team appearance at Tottenham and was released in the summer, but Spurs fans talk highly of the young attacking midfielder they signed from Barcelona’s famed La Masia youth system. Tim Sherwood, who coached Ceballos at White Hart Lane, has also been complimentary of the Spaniard in the media.
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A proud defeat, but what’s next?

Tottenham Hotspur 3 Charlton Athletic 0
Well much better than we’d all dreamt of this week. My son was expecting 10, I was more like half of that. It was three in the end but it was the performance and¬†belief with which the team played for Keith Peacock, Damian Matthew and the noisy travelling Addicks that gave us back some pride following a week when that word was very scarce indeed.

We played excellently in the first first half and came closest to scoring and it was a joy to hear Charlton songs blasting out on the radio. The BBC Radio commentary team were very complimentary. However within a  20-minute spell at the beginning of the 2nd period we were dead and buried as substitute Luka Modric turned the screws and that annoying individual Jermain Defoe scored his customary goals against us.

Admittedly Spurs took their foot of the gas but we continued to have¬†some good possession and both Sodje and Doherty came close to beating Cudicini near the end but a late consolation wasn’t forthcoming.

It wasn’t long ago that Spurs was a regular fixture and we nearly always finished above them in the table but ignoring our troubles, under Redknapp Spurs have come on bundles since we left the Premier League and it was the expected defeat,¬†but for anyone disappointed then let me point you to¬†managerless Ipswich, who were hammered¬†7-0 by Chelsea¬†at Stamford Bridge.

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Parky collects his Spurs

Luton Town 1 Charlton Athletic 3
Well that was a turn up for the books. I didn’t see that coming and the snippets I managed to watch on a feed on my computer at work didn’t put us in a good light, especially the first half giving away a lot of the ball and defending deeply but we got the goals at the right time and it is another fine away victory for Parky and the lads.

The win was all the more sweet after Parkinson picked up the Manager of the Month and Johnnie Jackson the Player award today, normally a precursor of a big fall but for once we came away from a potential banana skin with our pride intact. Parky deserves his little bit of television time tonight especially after his old boss has been hogging all the limelight today.

The Spurs game is something to look forward to, and a reminder of glory days past but there is a lot of league action before then.

The hardy few at Kenilworth Road: Addicks Diary;
CA fact: Wagstaff, Jackson and Anyinsah have scored all of our goals in this season’s FA Cup run.