Saturday, 31 July 2021

Disappointed Adkins sees some positives

Nigel Adkins does not sound too hopeful about bringing in new signings before next Saturday's encounter with the Massives and it's evidently not the outcome he hoped for, but he is heartened by the spirit in the camp and the commitment of the players:

One goal defeat at the Cottage

Charlton went down 1-0 at Craven Cottage this afternoon in their final pre-season game with the team that played in the first 65 minutes likely to be the starting eleven against the Massives.  The team were wearing the smart third kit.

It was a cagey game with relatively few opportunities for either side.  Charlton were not particularly creative, but the midfield looked better than last season with Dobson and Morgan doing well while DJ showed good skills on the ball.

The Fulham goal came on 31 minutes when the Charlton defence was caught out by Francois allowing Carvaliho to score.

Further strengthening of the side is needed, but looks unlikely before next Saturday's game with loan signings likely to be sorted out towards the end of the window.   On the basis of what I have seen I don;t think that Gomes adds enough value to make it worth signing him.  

Friday, 30 July 2021

ESI debt to Roland was £44m

Rick Everitt notes that the latest accounts of Baton Ltd. for 2019/20 have been published. These include a snapshot of CAFC Ltd up to the point of ESI takeover. Operating loss of £1.9m was offset by £3.9m profit in player trading and £18.7m loan write off to show overall paper profit of £20.3m.

Confirms ESI debt to RD was £44.4m at January 2020 takeover (this was latter written off following Thomas Sandgaard’s purchase of CAFC Ltd).

No contingent liabilities and assets remaining - seems to confirm Duchatelet has no contractual stake in contingent transfer payments from previous deals, which had been mooted as possible.

Barker does not need to go out on loan

Steve Avory does not envisage Aaron Henry and Charlie Barker needing to go out on loan to continue their development, it can be done at Charlton:

Either of them could feature in the first team, at least from the bench.   Barker has impressed in the past and has looked good in pre-season games.

Wednesday, 28 July 2021

Gomes signing in the balance

Ryan Inniss will play 60 minutes at Fulham on Saturday as part of his carefully managed return after he put in a good session at training yesterday says Nigel Adkins:

Ben Watson has been making progress and Ronnie Schwartz has been 'running around a bit'.

The future of trialist Madger Gomes is uncertain after he played at Palace last night, although Adkins made some supportive comments.   Fans' reactions were mixed from 'useful squad player' to 'wouldn't be disappointed if he didn't come:

Ben Purrington will miss the first game of the season with a hamstring injury.  Chris Gunter played at left back last night.

Tuesday, 27 July 2021

Nigel squares up to the Nigels

Charlton drew 2-2 at Crystal Palace at Selhurst this evening, twice coming back after going behind with goals from Stockley and Davison.

Ryan Inniss was rested again with commentator Jake Forster-Caskey noting he was wrapped in cotton wool.

Charlton started brightly.  DJ supplied Washington and the keeper had to come out.  Stockley was denied by a block by the centre half.  A header was cleared from under the bar for a Charlton corner.

On 14 minutes a defensive mix up meant that MacGillivray was unable to clear and Palace went ahead to the delight of the rather thin ranks of the assembled Nigels .

Morgan turned provider for Washington but his effort was saved.  Washington tried to turn provider for Stockley, but the effort was blocked.

On 37 minutes a Morgan corner was turned in by Stockley using his feet to make it 1-1.

Forster-Caskey noted that we could have played through the midfield more and we were going forward slightly too early.

HT: 1-1

Charlton made eight changes at the break and made a good start to the half.  Pearce put in a good ball but Stockley was off target.  A Vennings free kick was punched away.

MacGillivray made a great initial save.  The ball ended up in the net, but was ruled offside to the annoyance of the ultras behind the goal.

There was excellent last ditch defending by Barker as Palace threatened an empty net.  A poor clearance by MacGillivray set up an opportunity for Palace and Banks scored to make it 2-1.

Vennings fed Davison, who had replaced Stockley, but his header was saved.   On 78 minutes a breakaway powered by Ghandour saw an outstanding finish by Davison to make it 2-2.

It was a fluent and confident display by Charlton.

Bring on the Palace

Charlton play Crystal Palace at Selhurst tonight, but unfortunately only Nigel Pooter and his fellow ultras will be allowed in.

Four Four Two magazine forecast that the Glaziers will finish bottom of the Premier League, noting that 'A summer's upheaval may have the Eagles wishing for Hodgson's rhapsody in beige.'

At least Patrick Vieira  has some new tactical ideas.  Commenting at half time at the France v. Germany Euro 2020 game he insisted, 'Germany must expose themselves.'   Four Four Two commented that 'it was a bold plan.  We wait to see whether Crystal Palace utilise it in the Premier League.'

Unconfirmed reports state that we have two medicals booked for tomorrow, one for a loan and one for a signing.