Charlton Athletic 0 Reading 1
There’s that old joke about being asked about who you support. “Charlton Athletic nil” you would say with a wry smile.
We are 8 hours behind here in Arizona and I followed from my bed as we drew another blank yesterday, the 5th in 8 games under Riga’s watch and another frustrating Valley performance, which the new manager bounce has not affected.
Riga imposed passing style may be more pleasing on the eye, and for those obsessed with stats, but without a clean sheet we have almost have no chance of winning. Just three times this season we have won a game by scoring more than a solitary goal, in 45 games!
I liked Riga’s comment, I think it was after the Forest game, that you can’t just run around for 90 minutes, especially playing twice a week, but we need to be braver, especially in the five games we have remaining at home starting with Tuesday’s massive six pointer.
Reading eye-witness reports it looked as if the same old complaints remain and for once Riga’s team selection and substitutions came under scrutiny and in Davide Petrucci it sounds as if we have hired another young professional footballer who is simply not fit. Petrucci, we hoped would be a creative spark we desperately need, but instead the reason why we lost a vital point yesterday. Harsh?
Finally, what is it with Saturday afternoons? We have won just four league games on the traditional day of football, and I have been at three of them!!