Charlton kept a clean sheet again last night as they beat Dagenham & Redbridge 2-0 last night in the latest pre-season friendly. There were 293 Addicks present in crowd of 1,052. Yann Kermorgant was captain.
The first half was reckoned to be one of our best performances so far. There was good tempo, the Addicks were solid defensively and dangerous going forward. Hollands pounced on a loose ball early in the game to make it 1-0. Harriott then took his shot calmly to make it 2-0.
A number of changes were made after the break with Button doing well in goal. Some excitement was caused when the match ball got stuck in the guttering and a new one had to be found. Whilst it's a win against lower league opposition, it is still good for morale.
I am more uncertain about the prospects for this season than I have been for many years. Indeed, I have delayed completing my predictions for CAFCPicks and the Badger League (West Sussex CAFC). Last year we finished well, looking as if we were moving up the learning curve. There have been a number of departures, but these have largely being fringe players, the exceptions being Fuller and Haynes, although both had injury problems.
On the boards the debate rages between pessimists/realists and optimists. A lot hinges on whether we can sign a striker of decent quality and there is no news on that at the moment.