Friday, April 14, 2006

Bouncebackability test

Where to start? After the cup deflation, Charlton get back to Premiership mundanity with an away game at Fulham tomorrow.

The players, or some of them, will no doubt be tired afer the midweek exertions, so it is expected that Curbs will make changes in this busy Easter period of four games in ten days.

In goal, I suppose it is possible that Stephan Andersen may be given a run out if thought necessary, but, undoubtedly, Thomas Myrhe is still the number one goalkeeper at the club.

In defence, Luke Young is still out injured (he was badly missed on Wednesday night...), and fill-in right back Jonathan Spector also took a knock at Boro that could make him doubtful, so it is possible that Radistan Kishishev (or Kishishnashvilli as the Boro announcer called him at least twice!) may be asked to play in the right back position for the first time in a long time.

At left back, I expect Chris Powell to get a rest at the Cottage, and Hermann Hreidersson to move across from central defence.

That would leave the way open for Gonzalo Sorondo to return to the team, and play alongside Chris Perry. Jon Fortune is fit and waiting in the wings if any unforeseen injuries come about.

The midfield make up depends on the formation that Curbs decides to run with. If he switches back to 4-5-1, then Jason Euell, Matt Holland and Bryan Hughes can all hope to feature, as will Kishishev if not required at the back. Darren Ambrose will fight it out with Jerome Thomas and Dennis Rommedahl for the two wide positions. If Curbs stays with the 4-4-2 formation, he usually only plays one winger, and Hughes, Kishishev, Holland, Euell, Ambrose, Thomas and Rommedahl will battle it out for the four places up for grabs.

Up front, it may be that Darren Bent is rested again if his ankle knock hasn't recovered sufficiently to see him play all four Easter games. That would mean a return to the side for cup-tied Marcus Bent, and maybe (if two forwards start) a starting place for Bartlett or Bothroyd too.

The team I would expect to see take the field at Craven Cottage is -

Myrhe, Spector, Perry, Sorondo, Hreidersson, Ambrose, Holland, Kishishev, Thomas, Bent (M), Bothroyd.

Subs from Andersen, Powell, Fortune, Euell, Hughes, Bartlett, Bent (D), and Rommedahl.

My one-to-watch tomorrow will be Gonzalo Sorondo, as he is about the only player certain to play in my mind! He will also have his work cut out controlling the Fulham forwards - John, McBride, and Radzinski. He needs a good finish to the season if he wants to make a permanent move to England with Charlton, so should be up for it.

Pedro45's score predictions have not been too good recently; heart ruling head most of the time, so I am going to predict another tough day at the office for our boys - a tired 3-1 defeat. Of course, the lads usually prove me wrong, so I'm hoping the Addicks get all three points and finish the season on a high.

Come on you reds!

Comments:
Not sure whether we can afford to leave Bent (D) out, the only one of our strikers who knows where the goal is. Can't believe Ambrose is struggling to get in the side. From what I've seen of him, he is one of our most outstanding prospects, and should be playing week in week out. I'd like to think we could win today.
 
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