Tuesday, 15 September 2015

No room for sentiment

There can be no room for sentiment as Charlton face Huddersfield at The Valley tonight. We need the three points. Chris Powell was a great servant of the club, but applauding him in the third minute would be a distraction. Any applause can be given when his name is read out before the game.

Charlton are unbeaten in four league games against the Terriers at The Valley (W2 D2, three clean sheets). This will be the 10th clash between the two teams in all competitions over the last four seasons (three wins apiece so far, with three draws).

Some people have argued that we played badly on Saturday. I thought that our passing was accurate and well thought out with good movement off the ball much of the time, although there could have been more tempo.

We let ourselves down in two respects. First, failing to focus after an unfair corner decision by the referee. Second, our finishing was unsatisfactory, with a high shots to goal ratio.

I would start Big Mak in place of Vetokele who was off form and possibly unfit.

Odds are: Charlton 27/20, Draw 9/4, Huddersfield 11/5.

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