Friday, 13 December 2019

Charlton need some light at the end of the tunnel

Richard Cawley of the SLP reviews Charlton's situation ahead of tonight's game with Hull City: Need some light at the end of the tunnel

Let's hope it's not the train coming the other way on Friday 13th.

Cawley notes, 'Tuesday night’s shift to a 3-4-3 formation – Chris Solly and Ben Purrington playing in the wing roles – was a move borne out of necessity. The Addicks boss has long been at the point of hammering square pegs into round holes.'

He adds, 'Lyle Taylor – such a potent force – is easing his way back from three months out with knee ligament damage. No Jonny Williams, such a vibrant attacking presence in the opening weeks of the season. He opened up opponents with his pace and quick changes of direction.'

The CAS Trust preview, noting that the bookies have us ending up one place off relegation, is here: Get behind the team

The excerpts I saw of this week's Leeds versus Hull fixture suggested that Hull can be effective at counter attacks which may be an issue given our defensive frailties.

Thursday, 12 December 2019

Driesen blocked Bowyer target

Tom Eaves was a summer target for Lee Bowyer, but his signing was blocked by statistical genius Thomas Drisen: Bowyer blocked

ESI interviewed by EFL

Charlton's prospective new owners, East Street Investments, have been interviewed by the EFL in the last 48 hours and are relaxed about the process: Bowyer in Limbo

It is unclear when approval will be given.

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

May be difficult to hold on to Taylor

There are bound to be approaches for Lyle Taylor in the January transfer window and if a Premier League club comes in for him, it will be difficult to hold on to him says besieged boss Lee Bowyer: Interest in Taylor is one million per cent certain

The personal interviews between the EFL and the proposed new board of directors as part of the owners' and directors' test are yet to take place, but it is hoped they will be held before Christmas.

ESI takeover cost over £50m

The Guardian looks at the mood among Charlton fans as the Roland era comes to an end: New owners at Charlton

This is the first time I have seen a valuation put on the takeover at 'over £50m'. If accurate, it is about £10m short of Roland's target figure.

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Charlton lose Relegation League game

Charlton were defeated 0-1 by Huddersfield Town in tonight's Relegation League battle at The Valley. In time added on, a pass out by Solly was intercepted and a Huddersfield substitute scored.

Up to then the game had been heading for a dire draw. Charlton were not impressive and gave away possession far too easily. They posed little threat up front.

The start of the game was held up after the Huddersfield Town coach was delayed. They had asked Roland for the best route into the ground.

The main feature of the first half was the weather. Torrential rain drove fans in the lower portion of the Covered End back from the front rows.

Neither side showed much in the way of a cutting edge. Charm merchant Karlan Grant was booed by the Covered End every time he got a touch of the ball.

Huddersfield applied more pressure after the break and Dillon Phillips had to make some good saves. Lockyer put in a crucial block, as did Solly.

The arrival of Lyle Taylor from the bench lifted morale. He did get the ball in the net but was played offside by Naby Sarr. Bowyer thought he was onside. Louis Mendez has checked photographs and was onside. Sarr then managed to allow the visitors to mount a counter attack after a sloppy pass, leading Lockyer to get a yellow card for a hand ball. Lockyer was not happy.

Charlton failed to register an attempt on target all game. They remain 17th, but Reading one place below have two games in hand.

Shell shocked supremo Lee Bowyer said: 'Trust me, no one's hurting any more than what I am and what the players are. It's a good test for us mentally to come through this and once we start getting players back we'll be picking up more points. We'll get through it.'

Report from Louis Mendez here: Added time strike sinks Addicks

Lyle Taylor has tweeted, 'I think the key problem at the moment is that the majority of our first team players are having to play every game. I feel like this is why we are not seeing the same bodies on the line performances as earlier in the season. They're shattered.'

Will Karlan Grant score tonight?

Charlton fans have a chance to renew their acquaintance with Karlan Grant when Huddersfield visit The Valley tonight. Former players have a habit of scoring against us.

Grant has been directly involved in 59% of Huddersfield's 22 league goals this season (11 goals, 2 assists), the highest ratio of any player in the Championship.

Huddersfield are currently 21st in the Championship, but two places above second from bottom Charlton in the form table. They have won two, drawn two and lost five away from home.

The Addicks are without a win in eight matches, while the Terriers have gone five games without a victory. This is the first league meeting between Charlton and Huddersfield since January 2016, a 5-0 win for the Terriers at the John Smith's Stadium.

Huddersfield have lost just one of their past five visits to Charlton in all competitions (W2 D2 L1), winning their most recent game there in September 2015. Charlton are winless in eight league games (D2 L6), losing the past three in a row. They last lost four consecutive league games back in March 2017.

Huddersfield are winless in their past five league games (D2 L3), having been unbeaten in the seven before that (W4 D3) as they benefited from a new manager effect.

Charlton have used more different players (28), and made more changes to their starting XI (57) than any other Championship side this season, reflecting our injury problems. In a further blow, Lee Bowyer has admitted that Lyle Taylor's minutes tonight will be 'limited': Can't chuck him in

CAFC Facts and Stats have pointed out that 'anything less than three points this evening will see the Addicks go nine games without a league win and be on a par with the club's worst league run since 28th November 2015 - 12th January 2016 when they also went 9 without a win under the stewardship of Karel Fraeye.'