This was the ironic chant of the Covered End as Charlton succumbed 0-2 to Nottingham Forest at The Valley today. It was followed by rousing chants of 'Charlton till I die' and 'Valley Floyd Road'.
Charlton had started the match well enough and had been the better team in the opening half hour. In the opening minutes Dion Burton burst away on his own twice, but had no support and was not able to make anything of his attack.
Once Forest went ahead through Tyson just before the half hour mark, followed by a second from Earnshaw through a one-on-one with Elliott minutes later, the game was effectively over. Both goals reflected woeful defending.
All that Forest had to do was to sit back and defend their lead which they did effectively enough. Charlton did not pressure them too much, despite winning a succession of corners in the second half. All too often it was panic stations with an over reliance on the long ball. The Forest keeper was only tested by a late snap shot from Ambrose.
The Silver Bone went to Shelvey who was effective in attack and defence, but in a sense was asked to do too much despite showing a maturity beyond his years. Whichever higher level club he joins will acquire a prize talent.
It is difficult to see how Charlton can now avoid relegation. I'm off to Italy for a meeting for a few days, so I have a chance to forget about Charlton related matters.