Sheffield United 0 Charlton Athletic 2
There are games that define seasons, there are games that alter fortunes and there are those singular results and performances that give you a real sense of belief.
It is far too early to tell if yesterday’s result will define our season and the victory didn’t alter our wonderful early season march, but what it did do was send a powerful message not just to our opponents but to us. Years of decay have left confidence in tatters amongst supporters and I don’t think I was alone thinking that yesterday, in fact the whole of the past week, would tell us something about Chris Powell and his players.
There was the banana skin game at home against an in-form Chesterfield and a large expectant crowd, a midweek away trip to the more than able MK Dons, and the week ended with yesterday’s visit to Bramall Lane and you know what we passed with flying colours, collected 7 points in the process and now stand 5 points clear at the top of the table.
Yesterday’s result was the icing though, from an immense back line performance through to some devastating finishing we fully knocked the stuffing out of a stuttering Blades team. It is early days but in my time as a Charlton fan our best ever season’s have been littered with games that when that whistle blows, the tension gives way to a little warm feeling inside and you allow yourself that little knowing nod.
Powell again kept an unchanged line-up although Alonso and Evina travelled with the squad, which I suspect will mean they will start in the JPT game against Brentford in the week. I know the stupid rules mean that we will have to play the majority of the team that started yesterday but one or two need a rest as the games continue to come thick and fast.
Myself and others have been calling for some changes or at least earlier substitutions but Chris ain’t listening and who can blame him but yesterday he made a substitution that had a stunning affect on the game. Hayes was replaced by Yann Kermogant in the 65 minute and his first act was to head the ball into the net. To quote Miss Piggy: “I love you Kermi.”
Finally a few words on BWP. Not only is he better than Shaun but according to the commentary yesterday he ran his balls off, was MoM and rolled in his 7th goal of the season. For a player that lacked fitness and has been accused of not working hard enough for the team, he’s just played 3 games in 7 days, got a knock on Tuesday, scored twice and given everything for team, fans and manager. Hopefully he gets to put his feet up on Wednesday.
Stonking result yesterday Charlton. 35 games to go.
Addick Bloggers at Bramall Lane: Doctor Kish
Powell-ometer: If there has been a weakness this season it has been his timing of substitutions. Er, but not yesterday.
Elsewhere: Preston, who have been coming on strong up the rails, fell over at the Matchroom and lost to Leyton Orient, the O’s first win of the season. Huddersfield had a terrific win at Brentford, Jordan Rhodes getting two of the four goals. In the other top of the table clashes MK Dons gave Notts County a lesson winning 3-0, although the Magpies did play 86 minutes with 10 men and Reda Johnson got Wednesday’s winner at Hartlepool, there first defeat of the season. Colchester won at Chesterfield and Bury had a good win at Yeovil to push them into the bottom four.