Good, crisp passing played to feet; very little hoofball; movement on and off the ball; and some great goals, even if a penalty was missed. No, that wasn't Charlton. It was Leamington who scored the old five against Bedford Town in a 5-0 victory at the New Windmill Ground last night. Only 345 people were there to watch them play as well as they have done this season and consolidate their claim on the play offs.
As for Charlton they have slipped into mid-table mediocrity after a 2-0 defeat at MK Dons. The Addicks managed to hold on to 0-0 until half time but the stats tell their own story: possession 69 per cent to 31 per cent to the Dons and only two Charlton attempts on target. What was apparently a 4-5-1 set up didn't help there.
Benson got himself sent off for a lunge on Stephen Gleeson. Apparently he lost control of the ball and lunged after it, clattering their player. As that is his second straight red, he will be out for four games. No great loss in my view.
Those who were there once again saw a team totally lacking in confidence. The verdict was that Worner was OK and made one decent save. Llera and Daily were OK. Jenkinson was decent, but didn't get forward enough. Francis was absolutely dire, missed at least crucial tackles and his passing and crossing were woeful. Bring on Solly!
Semedo offered his usual strong performance. McCormack contributed little, especially in the second half. Racon put in a typical performance, some good, some bad. Wagstaff was hard working but not effective going forward. Reid was like Racon, some good moves, but too much dross. Once again the midfield seems to be at the heart of the problem.
Benson had very little service, but nothing much that came his way stock. There was little chance for either Wright-Phillips (who apparently has a knee problem) or Eccleston to make much impact.
Already people are on Chris Powell's back, pointing out that Bristol Rovers sacked their manager Dave Penney after 53 days. Changing the manager won't do anything if you don't change the team. It's a rebuilding job for next season.
Charlton have sunk to 9th behind Carlisle and Orient. My season ticket pack arrived yesterday at last and I will be renewing. But will all the 9,000 existing season ticket holders renew after this run?