Sunday 16 December 2007

Pards: squad needs strengthening

Alan Pardew admitted that the Charlton squad needed strengthening on Sky Sports News last night if automatic promotion was to be secured. Let's hope that the funds are available to do that in the transfer window. With Ipswich and Coventry (admittedly to deal with debts rather than for an Iain Dowie spending spree) receiving big injections of cash from takeovers, there is no sign of anything similar happening at The Valley.

A lot of the comment on the list after the game has focused on the shortcomings of Chris Powell and Pards was not happy with his performance. However, this is to scapegoat an individual player in a team game when the facts of the matter are that West Brom were simply better and could have won by an even bigger margin.

One loan player who is unlikely to return to The Valley at Christmas is Marcus Bent who scored his first ever hat trick for Wigan against Blackburn. Blackburn's Santa Cruz also scored three times, but Marcus made sure that he got the match ball.

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