Huddersfield, tonight's opponents in the Capita Cup, have had a good start to their season and are currently 7th in the Championship, having demolished Bournemouth 5-1 on Saturday. They claim that the main reason for their success is an unorthodox 3-5-2 system (for a moment I thought they had adopted the 2-3-5 of my youth): Huddersfield. The Yorkshire Post barely mentions Charlton on the assumption that we are simply there to provide an opposition to be defeated. On form, they could well be right.
Will Chris Powell stick with the essentially 2nd XI that defeated Oxford 4-0? Huddersfield are a different proposition and to field a weakened team would simply be an admission of defeat. Whilst 'we don't do cups', or haven't for many years, it would be nice to have a go with a side that combined experience and youth. Of course, another defeat for a version of the first team could simply weaken what already appears to be shattered morale with a number of key players below par, notably in defence. My forecast is a Huddersfield win by two goals to nil (but I never get these things right).
What fortunately appear to be a minority of Charlton fans are now concentrating their fire on Chris Powell. Like any manager, he does make mistakes and still has a lot to learn about how to change tactics and make substitutions within a game, particularly if the agreed plan doesn't work. Nevertheless, he got us promoted as champions of League 1 and to 9th last year. His budget has been restricted this year and this has limited what he has been able to do to strengthen the team, although Simon Church looks like a good acquisition, while Jordan Cousins looks ready for the first team.
Hiss of the Match analyst Juneau the Soccer Cat sadly passed away today. The American pedigree cat's duties will pass to Rescue Cat Reg who has already been providing analysis this season.