The many Charlton pessimists suffered a minor setback on Tuesday evening, but they have quickly constructed a narrative to explain why the result doesn't count (all these are arguments that have been put forward by Addicks).
First, Colchester played with ten men for three quarters of the match. I can remember many occasions when we haven't been able to capitalise on that.
Second, the U's are in League One. Well, as the cliché goes, you have to play who is in front of you and our record against lower league clubs in recent years has not been that good. Indeed, I can still remember being knocked out of the league cup by Wycombe when we were in the Premiership.
Third, Bob Peeters was critical of some aspects of the team's performance. Good for him. We don't want a manager who says 'good enough' is sufficient, but drives the team on to better and better performances. Peeters is clearly far from being the clueless chump that he is portrayed as being in the media.
Of course, their strongest argument is that the real test and the match that matters is on Saturday. However, a win in the meantime is good for morale. One thing is that is evident from Tuesday is that there is some healthy competition for positions and the back up players look good. Poyet aside, the squad is in many ways stronger than last year.
Thinking about pessimists, reminds me of two classic incidents involving the Bloke Behind Me. We were beating Burnley 4-0 in a cup tie and he started shouting 'They're all over you, Charlton.' When we stormed ahead against Stockport County (their fans were very cross when they played my non-league team, grumbling about 'playing in a field'), the BBM left well before the end of the game, shouting 'I can't take any more of this.' Someone said, 'You'll miss some more goals' (which he did) and he replied, 'Yes, Stockport goals.'
If I was as pessimistic as some Addicks, I wouldn't bother coming. Come On You Reds!