Charlton's pre-season campaign came to a damp end with a 0-1 defeat by Inverness Caledonian Thistle at The Valley today. The SPL side won through a 80 minutes strike by Josh Meekings. It was perhaps a goal that Button should have saved. The attendance was estimated at under 3,000. (The actual figure was 2,801 of which 132 hailed from north of the border. This must be the worst attendance for the 'dress rehearsal' game for a long time.)
It was 0-0 at half time, Charlton were playing 4 5 1 and not creating chances. There was just one header from Kermorgant saved. Hamer made one good save and Caley hit the post.
Piggott looked lively when he came on, but it was only for the last fifteen minutes.
Chris Powell said afterwards that it was no secret that we needed to improve the striking area and he hoped that he would be allowed to do that. Whether financial constraints will permit that remains to be seen. I was quite surprised that the Scottish Daily Record described us as 'having a vastly superior budget' although they also reckoned that we are 'Championship promotion contenders'.
There is a rumour that both Simon Church and Ricardo Fuller will sign during the week. Possibly one of them.