Thursday, February 07, 2008

I Go Out on Friday Night and I Come Home on Saturday Morning...

Do you know what - I really can't be bothered to write a long review of tomorrow nights game. So I'm going to lift much of my preview for the return fixture of last September and see if the relevance (and result) sticks -

Alan Pardew (left) must be the only person in the World who has a love for two South London Championship football teams. I just hope that his professionalism comes through tomorrow night, and he tries to ensure that his current employers are the ones who walk out victorious.

I don’t actually get very excited when games against Croydon come around; I refuse to travel to that dump of a ground, as I have no intention of paying money into the coffers of idiots like Noades, Goldberg, or the Tango-man himself. I get upset when we do badly, and over-excited when we beat them, as do all Addicks I guess.

Ultimately, this is just another league game, and one which Charlton need to draw something from.

This is the team I expect Pards to put out –

Nicky Weaver
Greg Halford
Madjid Bougherra
Paddy McCarthy
Kelly Youga
Jose Semedo
Matt Holland
Darren Ambrose
Jerome Thomas
Andy Gray
Luke Varney

Subs from – Randolph, Moutaouakil, Fortune, Basey, Racon, Zhi, Sam, Iwelumo, McLeod.

Quite simply, the error by Yassin last week will almost certainly mean he is left out in favour of Halford, who had a storming game for the reserves in midweek, although he was up against meagre opposition.

The only other changes from the team which lost at Scunthorpe are likely to be Semedo for ZiZi if he is not recovered from his midweek jaunt to Dubai, and maybe Thomas starting for Sam. The rest will get one last chance...

My one-to-watch in this game is Madjid Bougherra. Magic has done well recently and can write himself into Addicks folklore if he scores a winner tomorrow night. It is, however, his defending that will be most important in this game, and if he can help garner Charlton three more points, that would do nicely.

Pedro45’s score prediction has a poor look about it; with a make or break game such as this (a defeat could disintegrate any confidence and spell the premature end to any hopes or dreams for the season...) I am desperate to predict a win. But I wouldn’t be surprised to see us ship four goals if hearts rule heads, but would hope that the addition of Halford may solidify the rearguard and provide options in attack. Maybe in that case could we sneak a one-nil or two-one win? It could even be a tight nil-nil draw...or even a resounding victory in a similar way to the West Ham game of last season. What is going to be key is to keep all eleven players on the park all night, as anything less may spell trouble in more ways than one. After all that I’m going to hope that I’m wrong and predict a 2-0 defeat.

It would be lovely to win and put more space between the teams - a loss for them would possibly end there dreams for the season..?

Up the Addicks!

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