I wasn't able to get to the cup game yesterday because of family commitments which was probably just as well. Predictably, it has led to calls for 'Peeters out'. The modern game places excessive emphasis on the manager (or the coach in this case). All the evidence shows that changes of managers make a difference, but usually only in the short run, although, of course, that is what football is often all about.
However, one must also look at the players and I think that any coach would have problems with a rather thin squad which is now over reliant on young players, some of whom are well short of Championship standard. Unfortunately, some players who started the season well seem to have lost form, notably Vetokele and Buyens.
In any event, if I understand this regime correctly, they are unlikely to change the coach before the end of the season. What remains to be seen is how many and which players are brought in during the transfer window. I suspect not that many.
One post I saw described yesterday's game as 'one of the most abject performances I have seen from a Charlton team.' Given some of the performances I have seen from Charlton teams over the years, somehow I doubt it. One thing you learn to do as a Charlton fan is to keep your expectations under control. Very few comments have mentioned the other team on the pitch but from what I have heard Blackburn played rather well and that may have had more to do with the result than Charlton's performance.
Next Saturday's game against Brighton is clearly vital, but a concern now is that the negativity of much of the crowd won't give the players the support they need. We might have one new signing by then, but unfortunately he may be too readily dismissed as a Standard Liege 'cast off'.
When I heard the floodlights had gone out, I hoped it might be another Doncaster scenario, but sadly this was not to be the case. It wasn't that someone had forgot to feed the meter, but a 'power surge'. That's what we need on the pitch, but I am not too hopeful.