Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Ng rumours unconfirmed

Rumours linking Charlton with Crewe defender Perry Tian Hee Ng as a summer transfer target do not come from particularly reliable sources, but there may be something in them. Even with Crewe pressing for promotion to League One, he would probably be affordable for Charlton. It is generally accepted that the defence needs strengthening.

Derby County, Nottingham Forest and Bristol City are also said to be interested.

Ng is a potential Singapore international: Career details

Devising a chant would be not be easy, although perhaps one could use his middle names as in 'Tian Hee, you fill us with glee.' Or perhaps not.

Monday, 17 February 2020

McGeady's potential

Charlton defender Adam Matthews suggests that Aiden McGeady is a work in progress at The Valley. He is a bit low on game time, but his quality and experience will show through, especially with a young squad: Glimpses of what he can do

Clearly the media point man for the day, Matthews also says we should not get down about the Blackburn reverse: Won't do us any good to be down

Sunday, 16 February 2020

Defender Lucas Ness signs

Lucas Ness has signed a professional contract with Charlton after leaving the Metropolitan Police (the team that is, not the force; the team no longer has any coppers in it). Lucas is currently studying for his A levels: Ness departs

At one time with Fulham and described as a 'potential wonderkid', the defender had a trial with Leicester City last year amidst interest from a number of top clubs: In demand starlet

Saturday, 15 February 2020

Charlton outplayed

One can talk about the curse of the football for a fiver game, but Charlton were simply outplayed as they went down 0-2 to promotion chasing Blackburn Rovers at The Valley this afternoon. Some of the defending was woeful.

The other relegation league clubs had a mixed day, with the stand out result being bottom club Barnsley's 3-0 defeat of Fulham at Craven Cottage. Luton Town won 1-0 at Boro and Huddersfield equalised at Derby. Stoke went down 4-2 at QPR after being 2-0 ahead and Wigan drew at Cardiff after also being ahead.

Sheffield Wednesday could soon be joining the relegation league. Not only did they lose again today, 0-3 at home to Reading, but there is talk of a 21 point deduction.

Without Jonny Williams who picked up a slight knock in training, Charlton started well in the first 15 minutes. A Hemed shot was deflected and Walton in the Rovers goal pushed it away.

On 26 minutes Pearce made a great intervention to stop a Rovers chance. However, the BBC thought he should have been red carded and Blackburn awarded a penalty. Three minutes later poor defending saw the visitors go ahead with a deflected shot from Buckley.

Charlton fans were blasé about the weather before the game, but Rovers may have been helped by the strong wind blowing towards the Covered End. On 37 minutes they were awarded a free kick for no apparent reason. Fair or not, you still have to defend it and the defence was awful with Adarabioyo making it 0-2.

On 39 minutes Taylor forced Walton into a good save. Richard Cawley commented, 'Charlton had early momentum, but Blackburn grew into the game. Charlton didn't seem to be playing with their usual intensity which could be due to the big shift they put in against Forest on Tuesday.'

Charlton were better, or at least not as bad, in the second half, but Walton coped well with anything thrown at him. Pearce was replaced by Smith at half time and the Addicks switched to 4-4-2. A Taylor free kick was punched away. Hemed was replaced by Green on 60 minutes and Bonne replaced McGeady on 69 minutes. Charlton came closest to scoring on 84 minutes when Cullen forced a super save from Walton.

Attendance was 25,363 with 2,063 from Blackburn. Charlton remain 19th, ahead of Huddersfield on goal difference and five points above Wigan in the first relegation place.

The report from Louis Mendez is here: Beaten at home

Rovers return

It looks as if the worst of Storm Dennis will hit after this afternoon's match against Blackburn Rovers, but the expected bumper crowd may be depleted because of threatened transport disruption. Clearing the crowd from The alley will be a challenge now that there is no longer a 'football special' fast to London Bridge.

Charlton have not scored a goal in their last four 'football for a fiver' games: Is football for a fiver cursed?

Blackburn come into the game after a convincing 3-0 home win against Hull during the week. Charlton are looking to win three consecutive league games against Blackburn for the first time since September 2004. Away from home, Blackburn have won five, drawn two and lost eight.

Blackburn have conceded exactly one goal in each of their last six away league games against Charlton (W2 D2 L2). Charlton are looking to win consecutive home Championship games for the first time since April 2016 under manager Jose Riga.

Blackburn have lost their two away league games in London this season, losing 2-0 at Fulham and 4-2 at QPR. Since the start of last season, Lyle Taylor has scored 34 goals in all competitions - 20 more than any other Charlton player.

If Charlton can do the double over Blackburn, it will be a big step towards safety. The teams below us have tough away games today: Derby v Huddersfield; QPR v Stoke (mind you anything is possible with the Super Hoops); Cardiff v Wigan; Boro v Luton; Fulham v Barnsley.

One piece of good news is that Johnnie Jackson has signed a contract to remain as assistant manager at Charlton until 2023. A true legend.

Friday, 14 February 2020

Bowyer wants to keep Sarr

Sagacious supremo Lee Bowyer wants to keep Naby Sarr after his contract expires in the summer. Bowyer admits that Sarr makes mistakes, but considers that he has a lot to offer, including the contribution he makes to morale: Contracts update

Sarr has his fans and detractors. He is probably one of our most inconsistent players. He can put in a great pass, as he did at Forest this week, and then nearly score an own goal. If Bowyer wants to keep him, that is good enough for me.

Contract negotiations are also taking place with Alfie Doughty and Dillon Phillips.

Thursday, 13 February 2020

Green doubtful for Saturday

Andre Green has a knee problem and could miss the match against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday: Key attacker could be missing

Sam Field also has a knee problem and is seeing West Brom's doctor in London.