Monday, 31 August 2015

Any last minute signings?

Richard Cawley of the SLP thinks that Charlton are not primed for any transfer day signings, although he is not ruling it out.

The departure of Bikey and Nego, and the Harriott loan, do not amount to big savings on the wages front and the word is that the club is already a little over budget. It is likely that any strengthening will come through loan signings.

Because Jermaine Pennant is a free agent, he could be signed after the transfer window closes and this still seems quite likely.

The Sparrows Lane tea lady has claimed that two players are coming in tomorrow, but her reading of the tea leaves has been less reliable recently.

I took the granddaughters away over the bank holiday weekend and a very unpleasant sight was of a Glazier in Swanage, proudly wearing his shirt out of which his beer gut protruded.

On Your Bikey

Andre Bikey has had his contract at Charlton terminated by mutual consent. He impressed initially, but then fell out of favour.

Loic Nego has left to join a Hungarian club. He never impressed and was a network error.

Friday, 28 August 2015

Can Charlton remain undefeated?

The fixtures computer gave Charlton a tough start to the season and some fans predicted we would have no points by this stage. Instead, we face another promotion favourite on Saturday with Wolves in 17th place and the Addicks in 3rd. That is, of course, no grounds for complacency.

After registering four points from their opening two games, there was plenty of optimism at Wolves, but that has now disappeared to some extent with defensive problems costing the team a number of points and transfer interest in Benik Afobe only intensifying, despite the club insisting that the striker isn't for sale. Despite Norwich City making three offers for his signature, the signs are there that the England Under-21 international will stay, but supporters are demanding improvements at the back, with individual mistakes contributing to their defeats to Queens Park Rangers and Cardiff City.

For the opening 30 minutes against QPR, Wolves were superb and looked like promotion contenders, but since then, they have conceded five goals, three of which were due to errors attributed to goalkeeping duo Emiliano Martinez and Carl Ikeme.

Charlton maintain their interest in James Henry, with rumours of a bid closer to the £1m valuation.

Chris Solly could return on Saturday, but Tony Watt is unlikely to be available.

The last two Charlton games at Molineux have ended in draws and that could well be the result this time.

Odds are: Wolves 4/5, Draw 5/2, Charlton 15/4.

Harriott off on loan?

The Sparrows Lane tea lady is reporting that Callum Harriott is off on loan to Colchester United. The story has now been confirmed by the more reliable source of Richard Cawley of the SLP: Loan deal

One fan commented, 'While I don’t share the evident glee in some quarters at the departure of one of our academy graduates, it has to be said that on Tuesday’s evidence Callum has little to offer the first team at the moment regardless of whether or not he is replaced. He was awful - but no doubt he was unassisted by the vocal negativity from a minority of Charlton fans.'

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Pennant deal imminent

Guy Luzon is weighing up offering free agent Jermaine Pennant a contract: Jermaine Pennant

There are some claims that he has already signed, but no confirmation as yet.

In any event it looks as if 'Plan A', luring James Henry from Wolves, is now dead in the water.

Keep calm says Zaha

Wilfreid Zaha has urged Crystal Palace not to let emotion cloud their judgment as they face Charlton and their 'crazy' fans: Crystal Palace

The rumour mill is linking Charlton with Kevin Nolan after the 33-year old left West Ham by mutual consent: Kevin Nolan

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Young side wins 4-1

Charlton progressed to the third round of the League One cup with a 4-1 victory over Peterborough tonight. They will face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Charlton put out a youthful side at the former London Road with six Academy products featuring in front of a crowd of 2,771, of whom about 600 were Addickted. Mikhail Kennedy made his first start with Lennon at left back and Charles-Cook at right back. Jordan Cousins was named as captain. Harriott started on the right. Igor Vetokele was on the bench. Peterborough had a 3-5-2 formation.

Mikhail Kennedy scored for Charlton after two minutes, slamming the ball into the back of the net, Alnwick spilling the ball. Harriott and Ahearne-Grant linked up in the build up to the goal and Bergdich got a touch.

Ahearne-Grant put in a shot that was again spilt by Alnwick but Bergdich was not able to connect. Posh put in a strike that went wide. Lennon dealt well with Taylor.

Kennedy put in a great ball, but Harriott fluffed his header. Posh broke away, giving them a free kick in a dangerous position with Lennon getting a yellow card for the foul. The delivery was poor and it was cleared by Cousins.

Peterborough got the first corner of the game. Harriott hacked the ball clear. Harriott put in a shot after good play by Cousins when Ahearne-Grant and Kennedy were available as better options. Harriott then skewed a shot wide as Ahearne-Grant and Kennedy turned away in frustration.

Peterborough were getting into the game a bit more. They were putting a lot of pressure on their right hand side. Pope had to make a good save at the expense of a corner. Cousins headed the ball away well. Ba went down off the ball with a problem with his right leg and did not look comfortable.

Lennon hacked the ball away from a corner. Subsequently he put in a great tackle on the dangerous Taylor. A free flowing move saw Bergdich unable to connect properly. Kennedy put a great flick into the path of Cousins who should have passed to Bergdich.

Charlton got their first corner. Charles-Cook stopped the counter attack.

Charlton could have been further ahead if their decision-making on the final ball had been better.

HT: Posh 0, Addicks 1

Peterborough won an early corner as Ba went down again. The ball went on to the roof of the goal.

Charlton approached well with Bergdich putting a good ball in but Harriott shot over.

Great play from Kennedy won Charlton a penalty. Ahearne-Grant took a composed penalty and put the ball into the left-hand corner to make it 2-0. The Addickted were in great voice as Peterborough attempted an attack.

A shot from Harriott was blocked. Hand balls by Peterborough were ignored by the Lincolnshire referee.

Shouts of ‘Igor’ were heard from the Addickted. Nick Pope held the ball well after good play by the home side. The energetic but sometimes wayward Harriott was replaced by Vetokele.

Peterborough won a corner after a great tackle by Sarr. Nick Pope dived on to the ball.

Jordan Cousins came off and gave the armband to Bauer as Kashi came on. Bauer defended well against Taylor. A low cross was intercepted well by Sarr.

Charlton won a corner after a good save by Alnwick following good play by Ahearne-Grant.

Charles-Cook had to clear after a Taylor free kick. Charlton counter attacked, Kashi’s shot came off the foot of the post and Kennedy was not able to take a half chance.

Boswick got a yellow card for a shocking tackle. He then shoved Vetokele in the back. Pope had to come off his line to deal with a counter attack.

Kashi scored an amazing goal from not far past the halfway line from at least 40 yards. Video clip here: Kashi goal Bergdich who had been looking leggy was substituted, 20-year old Oliver Muldoon coming on for his first team debut.

Lennon defended a corner well. Pope had to save well.

Pope had to palm away a free kick by Madison. The corner was cleared by Lennon. The counter attack was caught offside.

A strong kick upfield by Nick Pope found Ahearne-Grant and a great cross by Olly Muldoon then allowed Igor Vetokele to make it 4-0 with a volley.

Great play by Ahearne-Grant won Charlton a corner as the Addickted chanted ‘we want five’, but Alnwick claimed well.

Bauer dealt well with a Posh attack. A corner was headed away by Kashi. Four minutes were added on. The home side got a goal back, it was a sloppy goal to concede. Sarr and Bauer cleared another attack. Pope collected a tame shot well.