I was hoping for at least a point at Brentford today, so the result is a disappointment. Talk about 'bottom club' Brentford is misplaced, however. One should never read results off the table, but this is a very fluid division this season. 'Bottom club' Dagenham and Redbridge won again today and are now out of the relegation positions. The league is tight at the top.
Phil Parkinson has criticised the team's mentality in the first half, but his critics argue that he should have motivated them better. Gary Alexander put the Bees in front with a drive into the roof of the net and Tourmai Diagouraga scored their second with a curling shot.
The returning Rob Elliot prevented Nicky Forster scoring a third before Charlton scored through Wagstaff's volley. Ben Hamer had to make a double save from Sodje who had been brought on in the 86th minute in place of Fortune. Perhaps he should have been introduced sooner.
Given the prevailing gloom, the stats don't look that bad. Possession was 54-46 to Charlton and we had as many shots on target as the Bees (six). However, we did have seven off target to their two and only won two corners to their seven.
As usual after every defeat, there is plenty of criticism of Phil Parkinson. But whatever one's view, he is here for the rest of the season. A club that can't afford an electronic scoreboard can't afford to replace its manager.