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Rochdale 3 Charlton Athletic 3

I’m not really on board with those that have declared today a good point. I may be living in the dark ages but a last minute equalizer at Rochdale in front of 2,842 is hardly the start of a new dawn. Rochdale had failed to score in their last 5 games!

We did score 3 goals which is pleasing but according to the commentary our defending was woeful especially for Dale’s 3rd. We were also ahead but somehow should be pleased with a point, although to his credit Robinson wasn’t. 3 points from 12 and another game is ticked off from a monotonous season with our mid table mediocrity looking intact.

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Kevin Nugent

Without the 7 points that we picked up under Kevin Nugent’s interim reign we would be 19th and 3 points off relegation. When Karl Robinson came in he sung Nugent’s praises but quickly phased him out and replaced him with Richie Barker. Once when asked of Nugent’s whereabouts our Karl, never one to shirk a reporter’s question, replied that he hadn’t seen him.

Kevin had become another Charlton employee still being paid but not actually working or contributing at the club. Every decision better than the last.

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Oldham Athletic 1 Charlton Athletic 0

Another timid performance from Karl Robinson’s Addick’s last night. Lots of possession, lots of corners, plenty of pot shots but no substance, a bit like the manager’s rhetoric.

A snapshot of Roland Duchatelet and the almost forgotten Katrien Meire’s Charlton legacy. Losing to a relegation threatened fourth from bottom team in front of two thousand odd people. Every decision better than the last.

No disrespect meant towards the Latics, who we have spent big chunks of a century following around the divisions. John Sheridan has given them a real new manager (for the third time) bounce with five wins in eight. Meanwhile under Robinson we have won three in thirteen. A record worse than Luzon and Peeters.

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Not Mickey Mouse

I’m in Orlando for our annual work Symposium, a regular bazaar of back to back meetings, break out sessions, early mornings and late night’s. We moved the whole shebang from Miami Beach to Orlando last year and it went so well we are back. Shame, because nothing beats a ‘work conference’ in South Beach but as my boss says less people got hurt and we didn’t lose anyone. So Orlando it is, in a different hotel a little bit nearer to the wonderful world(s) of Disney.

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AFC Wimbledon 1 Charlton Athletic 1

Another draw, another late goal conceded, another lapse of concentration. Not good enough especially with the supposed quality of our back five.

We seem unable to score more than one goal and cannot kill teams off. We had a dream start with Ricky Holmes’ free-kick and either side of half-time there were numerous chances for us to finish the game off. From the radio Wimbledon couldn’t seem to get out of their own way but after Magennis was bundled over in the box they went up the other end in injury time and Elliott scored and was then promptly sent off.

Addick’s everywhere collectively shook their heads.

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Make or break

If last week was a must win game, then tomorrow is, er, another must win game. The Addicks travel to our newest south London rivals AFC Wimbledon on the back of six unbeaten and with Josh Magennis returning.

Wimbledon are not in the best of form, although they have only lost at home in the league once since September and they like Fleetwood are a big outfit and like to knock it long, so we wait to see if Robinson has learned how to defend and counter attack that style of play. It’ll be great to see us take the game to our south London friends and not be on the back foot

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Charlton Athletic 1 Fleetwood Town 1

Hanging on against Fleetwood Town is what it has come to. Not sure I have ever witnessed a board go up with 10 minutes of injury time but long suffering Addicks would have known the likely outcome when it did. Only at Charlton of course do you get injury time yet it wasn’t to one of the players!

Still 6 points from the play-off’s and 6 unbeaten, but too many draws, 13 to be exact, and we sit in mid table, which is where I imagine we will be in May.

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