Wednesday, 27 July 2011

View from the New Den

A Millwall source takes a look at the Charlton side under Chris Powell: Millwall

Erith Addick Paul May has agreed to brave the New Den on Saturday to provide a match report.

The Addicks beat Den Bosch last night 1-0 through a Bradley Wright-Phillips goal to lift the People's Cup. Danny Green, Johnny Jackson and Paul Hayes all hit the woodwork.

Some comments from an Addick who was there:

Overall, as has been said a very solid performance and showing much promise without setting the world alight. If Jackson had put the chance away later in the second half the 2-0 scoreline would have been a fairer reflection (he hit the bar).

For me the centre back performances stood out. Both look tidy players and both worked well together as a defensive unit. Frequently you could see an understanding between them, they operated as a pair rather than 2 new together players.

Wiggins - first time I've seen him and I didn't think it was that bad, as you said he was up against a good right midfield and on the whole he frustrated him. I suspect that most of his game last night was about stopping the forward rather than looking to push on.

There was a definite attempt to play a passing game with very few long balls out from the keeper. One note on Elliot I thought he parried a number of balls that he could have tried to hold?

BWP - I thought he had a good game, seemed very mobile and covered a lot of ground dropping back to link with midfield. Took his chance like an accomplished and confident striker.

Benson came on and did ok - anyone else think he has lost weight? - not that he was particularly heavy last year.

Hollands, Stephens, Green and Jackson. while being happy overall I was less impressed with the midfield as I was with the back 4. They did pass well but with a couple of exceptions they didn't quite get forward as much as I suspect they will need to. We will need the midfield to contribute heavily to the goal scoring, if they don't break forward I suspect teams will soon learn to mark BWP out of the game and nullify our scoring.
That said great to see Jackson back and Green covered a lot of ground. The 2 in the middle will come good but are still finding their feet in a very new look team.

Hayes - not sure yet, thought he was a bit quiet, but is only one game and there were so many new faces I found it a job to keep an eye on all so might be doing him an injustice.

Well done to Powell, he looks to be building a solid and entertaining team which will compete well in this league next season. Seems to me he has gone for a similar set of players, all with hunger but all having already established themselves at previous clubs and confident of their abilities. They should be a bunch that develop the understandings and gel quickly.


Steve said...

Very impressed last night. A few boo boys about, but we basically passed a Dutch team off the park. Dale Stephens looks a real "Rolls Royce" of a player. Sitting in the middle of the park, stroking the ball about. Hollands very combatitve with a neat passing style himself. A better performance by Hayes, too! The one downside for me was Wiggins. Looked to be struggling a bit defensively, and points out the lack of height we have at fullback (if Francis isn't playing). But talking of Wiggins, still no sign of Evina or Alonso. Do they actually exist?

Wyn Grant said...

What I had heard is that Alonso was still over in Spain, but would be coming back. I am less sure about Evina.

bazman_uk said...

Alonso alledgedly has had a bust up with Powell (not sure i believe it) and Evina is coming back from injury, CP doesn't want to rush him back as he wants him fit for the season ahead.

Anonymous said...

You have to admit, they have a sense of humour: "Powell has wasted no time, creating a midfield laden with goal threat despite the departure of Therry Racon"