Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Scott Wagstaff feels sorry for fans

Scott Wagstaff received warm applause from Charlton fans when his name was announced on the Bristol City bench on Saturday when he came on.

He says that he keeps in touch with Charlton fans, it's a shame to see the state the club is in and he understands why fans are protesting: Wagstaff

Monday, 8 February 2016

Guerilla action struck Meire off

Rumours have been circulating that Charlton's chief executive CEO Katrien Meire had been sacked or at least had given up post. These were based on a Charlton fan accessing the records at Companies House and seeing that she has been removed from one of her group directorships.

It now seems that this is based on a correctly completed form to that effect having been submitted maliciously to Companies House, presumably by a disaffected Charlton supporter.

The club is taking the matter seriously and has started an investigation: Investigation

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Abysmal performance sees Addicks go bottom

Charlton are now bottom of the Championship after losing 0-1 at home to Bristol City. The first half was an inconclusive battle of two poor sides but the visitors won a penalty which Henderson should perhaps have saved to put them ahead.

Charlton rarely threatened, although the very windy conditions did not help good football. However, it was the same for both sides and Henderson had to make three fine saves in the second half to keep the score respectable.

As for Charlton's attack, it was largely non-existent with our first shot on target being a tame effort by Bergdich in the second half. With Vetokele injured in training, we lacked a threat up front. Lookman did not have the best of games.

Our play was disjointed with ineffective and inaccurate passing and became more so as the game went on and panic set in. The three substitutions made little difference.

The whistle happy referee did not help matters by constantly stopping the game.

The faint glimmer of hope after Rotherham has gone. I fear that we are doomed.

Player ratings

Henderson could have saved the penalty, but also made three good saves. Teixeira seemed solid. Lennon put in another decent shift and made some intelligent moves. Fox did get forward well at times, but remains a weaker leak. Solly was energetic and did set up some intelligent attacking moves.

Jackson was fortunate not to get sent off. Bergditch got a yellow card for a completely unnecessary foul and his shot was little more than a pass to the keeper. Cousins had a good game and was one of the best players on the pitch. Gudmundsson was responsible for the penalty and his free kicks failed to work.

Makienok made contact between his head and the ball a number of times, but that was about it. Lookman looked lightweight.

Reza made little difference when he came on. I thought this might have been a game when Harriott could have made a difference, but he didn't have a lot of time to make a difference. Ba had a cameo.

Watt: 'I never wanted to stay at Charlton'

Tony Watt says he never wanted to stay at Charlton. It was a 'beautiful club', but things happened behind the scenes he can't talk about: Tony Watt

Friday, 5 February 2016

A good record against Bristol City

A few points to ponder as we face Bristol City in a crucial relegation clash tomorrow. City are, of course, currently without a manager after they sacked Steve Cotterill, but are engaged in a search for a new head coach (sound familiar?) and have been given permission to speak to Barnsley's manager Lee Johnson who played for the Robins for six years.

Charlton have only lost one of their last 14 home games against the Robins in all competitions (W9 D4). Bristol City have kept just one clean sheet in their last 10 league meetings with the Addicks - a 2-0 win at The Valley in October 2008.

The Addicks have conceded the most goals inside the last 15 minutes of games this season (14). No team in the Championship has scored fewer goals than Bristol City over the last six games (2).

Charlton's four goals in their last game against Rotherham was the first time they had scored more than three goals in a league game since May 2013. 17% of Bristol City's goals this season have come from free-kick situations, the highest percentage in the Championship.

Odds: Charlton 2/1, Draw 9/4, Bristol City 27/10.

It's a Fraeye up

Former interim coach Karel Fraeye has discussed his time at Charlton at some length, complaining that you can't make a chocolate cake with pepper and salt: Karel Fraeye

Turning fans into customers

Controversy has been caused by a statement on the Fenway Sports Group site boasting about 'transforming fans into customers': Customers. It comes in the wake of ticket price increases at Anfield against which fan groups intend to protest tomorrow.

A Charlton fan seized the opportunity of this news item to send in a text which was read out on Radio 5 this morning pointing out Charlton fans had been compared to customers of a restaurant or cinema and that the Addickted wanted to see the back of the current owners.

Heather from Glasgow was also able to intervene in a subsequent Radio 5 debate on the subject, introducing the 'Mad Meire' theme.