I will be heading down from the Midlands later today and expect to get home around half past midnight. I am looking for three points to cheer my long homeward journey.
Here is a cut out and keep guide for our new coach to try and improve our performances on the pitch in terms of things to avoid:
- Don't use players out of position
- Use substitutions intelligently and don't delay them
- Don't fail to have a Plan B and if possible a Plan C
- Tell the players not to hoof the ball as if they were in the non-league, but pass it along the ground to another Charlton player (clue: they will be wearing red shirts
- Don't defend too deeply
- When defending corners don't have all in the players in the box, but leave one or two upfield as an outlet. They only get in each other's way and obscure the goalkeeper's vision
- The bloke with the beard is our first choice goalkeeper
Huddersfield don't have a brilliant record away, they have lost more matches than us (ten). They are mid-table and are 9th in the form table, but they have a reputation for inconsistency which manager Mark Robins admitted was the case after last week's 2-0 defeat at Doncaster. He said, 'They wanted it more. They looked up for the game. It becomes a symptom of feeling safe in mid-table. It seems we only get a good performance every fortnight and we get a performance every couple of weeks which dips below what we expect.' Let's hope it's a case of the latter rather than the former tonight.