The Charlton Athletic XI that lost 2-0 to AFC Wimbledon yesterday was 'frankly disinterested' according to the Non-League Paper. Each half saw both teams field different sides.
According to the report, 'Phil Parkinson's team came into the game in the first half's final moments, with Guillem Bauza being denied by Brett Johnson and then getting his header all wrong two minutes later.'
Charlton put out a young side. These matches against non-league opposition are really a chance to try out younger players. With such a thin squad, we have to be careful about getting any of our key players injured.
I was expected a chorus of moaning on the lines of 'if we can't beat AFC Wimbledon', 'we're in a relegation battle now' etc., but the Glynne Jones list was quiet. That could be a new mood of realism or it could be apathy or exhaustion.
I long ago gave up trying to generalise to the season from pre-season matches, the one exception being the 'dress rehearsal' match against serious opposition which we can longer afford to host.