Charlton were knocked out of the FA Cup by a non-league club for their first time in their history today when they went down 1-0 to Northwich Victoria, the winning goal being scored by a student who came on as a substitute. It is difficult to argue that Northwich did not deserve their win.
The McLeod and Shelvey combo never worked up front and the midfield was below its best, particularly Racon while Semedo was also poor. Brave defending by Dailly and great work by Randolph stopped Northwich scoring in the first half. Charlton never came close. Randolph could probably have stopped the goal if he had kept on coming.
McLeod was lucky not to get red carded for use of the elbow at the start of the first half, fortunately for him the referee had only just put his contact lenses in (incidentally, I think the ref had a good game). We looked a bit livelier when McKenzie and Burton came on, but not by much.
I'm not that bothered about being out of the cup, but the manner of the exit is clearly embarrassing. Whether it will really matter at the end of the season is doubtful. However, in the short run it will trigger off the negativity that is never far below the surface at Charlton. Moaners at least have something to moan about.
I see that the News Shopper is calling it 'the most embarrassing defeat in Charlton's 104 year history': Report . Typical hyperbole and shows a lack of knowledge of the club's history.