Friday, 4 October 2013

Valley of Hope

After what most fans saw as a heartening performance against Notts Forest on Tuesday evening, particularly in the second half, the Addicks face Blackpool at The Valley tomorrow. The Tangerines have faltered a little recently, drawing 1-1 at Huddersfield last Friday night and then, even more surprisingly, recording a goalless draw at home to struggling Bolton midweek.

Even so, they are still in the play off places and their record on the road is: won two, drawn two, lost one.

We will, of course, be facing former Addick Ricardo Fuller. One Addick has commented, 'Memo to Ben Hamer - please remember that Ricardo Fuller can turn on a proverbial sixpence in the penalty area and shoot hard/low/accurate (Andy Reid free kick on Tuesday refers...). Memo to centre-backs- please remember that Ricardo Fuller is the master of drawing a free kick on the edge of the penalty area, so beware of marking him too-close! He's bound to score.' Returning players often do.

Fuller gives it large about Charlton here on 'Tangerine TV': Full of himself

Manager Paul Ince has brought in his son Tom Ince who is good both at providing assists and scoring. He wasn't at his most effective against Huddersfield, but was still a threat. Full back Kirk Broadfoot got forward well and provided the assist for Fuller's goal. On loan Liverpool defender Jack Robinson was solid.

Newcastle United midfielder Dan Gosling has joined Blackpool on loan and will be in the squad for tomorrow's game. His game time this season has been confined to the league cup.

Our recent record at home to Blackpool has been reasonably good. We won 2-1 last season, secured a 2-2 draw in 2008/9 and actually won 4-1 in 2007/8.

Odds are: Charlton 8/5, Draw 23/10, Blackpool 13/8.

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