Sunday 29 December 2019

Charlton slip one place in table

Charlton slipped one place in the table to 18th after today's results. They were overtaken by Middlesbrough who beat West Bromwich Albion 2-0 at The Hawthorns. At first glance a surprising result, but Boro are on something of a roll, having now won three matches in succession. Leeds went top after beating Birmingham City 5-4 in what was described as a 'nine goal thriller', but sounds like a case study in poor defending.

Charlton play faltering Derby County away tomorrow night. Before today's results, the Rams were bottom of the form table, Charlton having climbed to sixth from bottom.

Professional moaners have been quick to seize on the fall in Charlton's position in the table. Admittedly, I am yet to hear from Jonathan Acworth-Waldegrave who has sent me 14 messages today on a range of irrelevant topics.

However, one of Lee Bowyer's most persistent critics, Desmond from Deal, has quickly piled in. Dismal Desmond has been calling for some time for his Kingsdown neighbour to return to his fishing lake. He isn't impressed by Charlton's relatively good goal difference or the fact that they are seven points off a relegation place. 'Mark my words, defeat stares us in the face at Derby,' said the professional pessimist.

Admittedly, Derby's main problem has been a poor away record with just one win in twelve, while at home they have won five, drawn five and lost just two.

The usual response of Rams fans to a visit from Charlton is that is a chance to collect three points without much sweat, but after a winless run, their mood appears to be more nervous: Relegation worries

Charlton have the incentive of a possible Derby double while the Rams are pinning their hopes on Wayne Rooney becoming available after January 1st: CAS Trust preview

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