Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Should we let the paint dry?

Charlton play their third game in five days when they face Brentford at Griffin Park tonight in the paint drying trophy. Even for clubs with a big squad this would be a tough ask and I hope that Parky brings in some fresh legs tonight.

Certainly there are many Addicks who argue that we shouldn't take this game seriously. Our main objective is to leave this hoofball league and get back into the Championship.

But it's not an either or choice. We could get promoted and win the paint drying cup. I know that there are those who argue that winning it last year derailed Southampton's promotion bid. But perhaps the Silver Fox was not quite the tactical genius that he thought he was.

If we did fail to get promoted, winning the Johnstones Paint would be a nice consolation prize. It would mean a trip to Wembley and a sizeable sum to replenish our depleted bank balance, takeover or not.

We don't seem to do well at Griffin Park and Brentford are a form team. On the other hand, Charlton do often play better away from the tetchy Valley crowd. I am forecasting a 1-1 draw after 90 minutes. I believe that the game then goes straight to penalties and I think that the shootout will be won by Brentford 5-4.

You see him here, you see him there, you see him everywhere: Erith Addick Paul May is a martyr to the cause and he will be your match reporter tonight. He likes the occasional drink so buy him one if you see him. Even in the depth of winter he sometimes wears his trademark sun glasses.

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