Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Not an easy task

After Saturday's morale boosting win against Yeovil, those who read their results off the table might think it is an easy task against Brighton tonight, particularly given that we beat them away. But then we beat Orient away who were in a similar position in the table when we met them. Brighton showed at Leeds that they are no pushovers.

The Addicks have suffered two injury blows. Elliot is unlikely to be available. Randolph is competent, but I doubt whether he would have made the three saves that Elliot made on Saturday. He also lacks competitive match experience. The absence of a reserve side is a particular drawback for the back up keeper.

Frazer Richardson is also out and Chris Solly will slot in there, showing the wisdom of bringing in Johnnie Jackson to cover the left back slot.

Nicky Bailey had a poor game on Saturday. Having looked at the goal he failed to score, I think that the young Yeovil keeper simply made a good save with his feet, just as Elliot did earlier in the game. What really worried me was when Bailey created a dangerous situation in front of his own goal. He is no doubt one of those players that Parky refers to as trying too hard and he just needs to calm down a bit and think. I would not drop him, however.

Deon Burton has had some stick for failure to score from open play (although no doubt he would have got even more if he had failed to score the two penalties against Millwall). However, he contributes other things by holding up the ball and laying it off. Just possibly the partnership with Mooney is starting to work and they have a better idea how to position themselves. Both of them just need to remember that there is an offside rule.

I am going for a 3-2 win for the Addicks tonight (Llera, Bailey, Burton). Phillipa Nicholson will bring you full coverage of the game.

Izale McLeod has sustained a knee injury in training at Peterborough and will be out for two months following an operation. Chris Dickson's move to Gillingham may become permanent at the end of the season.

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