Saturday, 9 March 2013

Believers head north

The loyal Addickted will be leaving the Beliebers surrounding the 02 arena behind this morning and heading north for Huddersfield. Hopefully, they will not arrive two hours late and will not encounter any parparazzi or will require a hospital stay.

The Addicks have not claimed all three points at Huddersfield since 1999. I always recall a 0-3 victory there on a Tuesday night in the 1990s when Lee Bowyer, then with Leeds turned up in the row in front, and a 1-2 victory at Christmas time when Johnnie Robinson scored a wonder goal.

Charlton have now gone 16 successive games without a clean sheet, the worst record of any team in the league. Attention therefore turns to the defence. One of the debating points among the Addickted is whether Button or Hamer should be in goal. It's a difficult one to decide, although the more experienced Hamer may have the edge, despite his tendency to fumble the ball.

It's unfortunate that we no longer have Rob Elliot who played for Newcastle in their 0-0 Europa League draw away in the week. Apparently, he only had to make one save though and spent the rest of the time shivering in his goalmouth. Whoever is in goal today will certainly be called into action a lot more.

Leon Cort is still a doubt because of his knee injury so it looks like Taylor and Morrison in central defence. Morrison has been making some uncharacterisic errors recently. Stephens is also a doubt.

In both of the two previous encounters this year, one player was sent off, but there is no reason to expect this happen today. Huddersfield are one of the teams to claim a prime minister as a supporter, Harold Wilson. At one time, they were one of the leading teams in the country and there are some great pictures of their old ground packed with fans.

I think that the best we can hope for today is a draw, but with Charlton away and playing with more confidence than they do at home, you never know.

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