Friday, November 17, 2006

Between the Lines

The new Charlton management era with Les Reed in charge starts with an away game at Reading on Saturday.

The past week has seen a huge amount of exposure following the sacking of Iain Dowie, and it will be interesting to see how the players react to the new regime. This is especially true if player unrest, sited in the press but not from the club, proves to be true and one of the reasons for Dowie's dismissal.

What can we expect from our new Head Coach then? Well, the answer is we really don't know! The current crop of injuries will prevent any absolute clue as to what team Reed thinks may be his best, but this is how I think things will pan out:

In goal, no doubt, Scott Carson will continue. The club have been bouyed by comments this week from Liverpool that they have no intention currently of recalling him to Anfield in January. Let's hope Scott can keep a clean sheet...

Full backs look like being Luke Young, who should remain as skipper, and hopefully will look a little happier now Dowie has gone, and Hermann Hreidersson, who needs to start playing with the growl he used to rather than the sneer he has developed recently.

Centrally in defence, Talal El Karkouri will continue some of his best form for the club, and I expect Jonathan Fortune to play alongside him, as Souleymane Diawara is out with an injured hamstring. It is probably too soon to see Traore or Sorondo playing in the first team.

In midfield, Amaday Faye is suspended, and Radostin Kishishev injured, so we look a little lightweight. Matt Holland will play, and it maybe that Bryan Hughes gets a game from the new coach. Andy Reid should also play, and Dennis Rommedahl is fit and I expect him to start wide right.

With Jerome Thomas injured and doubtful, the 4-5-1 formation doesn't seem to be an option unless Darren Ambrose starts; I expect both Darren Bent (who is fit) and either Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink or Marcus Bent to start.

This is the side I expect Les Reed to put up on the board - his first as the man in charge:

Scott Carson
Luke Young
Talal El Karkouri
Jonathan Fortune
Hermann Hreidersson
Bryan Hughes
Matt Holland
Andy Reid
Dennis Rommedahl
Marcus Bent
Darren Bent

Subs from Myrhe, Anderson, Sankofa, Pouso, Ambrose, Hasselbaink, John, Youga, Thomas.

This is a tough game for the Addicks and their new coach, with Reading having come from behind to beat Spurs last weekend. Any sort of reult will be welcome for the Addcikted, and the home team and fans will be fancying their chances. Pedro45 predicts a tough 1-1 draw though, as I believe that the team will realy be looking to impress the new boss.

My one-to-watch is going to be Luke Young. The Charlton skipper has looked really forlorn this season, and not a fan of the Dowie regime. With him gone, we could see a return to the swashbuckling full backs ways, with solid defending and surgng forward runs.

Les Reed - this is your first game; make it a good one!

Come on you Reds!

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