Monday, January 12, 2009

Man of the Forest

Charlton Athletic 0 Nottingham Forest 2

It seems that the one home league game I missed through being on holiday this year was another defeat, another nail in our coffin, and one that extends Charlton's winless run to a record breaking 17 league games.

Reports say we had 55% of possession; 22 shots to 4; 12 corners to just one for the away team; but we still contrived to get stuffed. My friend simply texted the fact that we were "shocking". Luckily, I hadn't bothered staying up till way past midnight in order to see if CAFC TV would work in this part of the world, and a quick look at his text when it arrived was sufficient to get me snoring once more.

I didn't plan to do much blogging while away on this trip, but the weather is, well, wet, and there are just so many games of Scrabble you can play before getting a tad bored. Anyway, the other day I did get some decent photos of the Orang-Utans (literal translation - man of the Forest), so I guess they will be celebrating; I must remember not to wear my Charlton shorts next time I go up to see them in case they start taking the mickey!

The team don't have much time to reflect on them being record-breakers, as they take on Norwich in an FA Cup replay on Tuesday night. It should mean a return for Nicky Bailey in midfield, but will Jonjo Shelvey be saved for Wednesday nights FA Youth Cup game or plunged into further first team action? I doubt he will play in both... As Jose Semedo went off on Saturday after just ten minutes after getting clattered, he is possibly doubtful, and I do not know if Matty Spring is cup-tied? That could leave only Bailey and Holland as suitable midfield options, unless Josh Wright is given another first-team chance? Whatever the decision, midfield options on the seven-man bench may look limited...

If only the confidence was there to bring about the overdue win, then the cup game is another that could be the catalyst of change. Norwich, in two recent games against the Addicks, have shown that they are not much better than Charlton, but then, how much better than us do you need to be these days to claim a victory?

In yet another confidence sapping episode (but one from which Parky will be able to take a lot of positives I'm sure...), Pedro45 predicts a 1-1 draw, with Charlton getting beaten on penalties in much the same way as last season.

I never really expected to be either in the cup or off the bottom of the league table when I returned to home shores in a couple of weeks, and that is almost certain to be the case; what would be nice though is to have a team that can save the club from relegation (or at least show that they are willing to fight to stay in this league) by the time we play our next Tuesday night home game in late January...

Come on Parky - sort them out

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