Home and away
The Addicks end their 3-game away sequence tomorrow at Brighton hoping to keep their league record intact into September.
As others have noted after recent appalling home seasons under Chris Powell and Jose Riga, where the side was simply not expansive or adventurous enough to win the majority of it’s games and were better suited to success on the road, Peeters’ new look side could potentially give us the opposite dilemma.
With The Valley’s new enlarged snooker table of a pitch allowing Big Bob’s players to impose their passing style on visitors home fans can hope to see much better entertainment. However you don’t get that kind of luxury at the majority of aways grounds in this division.
Peeters team is a work in progress and I still think he needs to add more depth of quality to what he has inherited and brought in, but a system of play for games on the road is a must.
Somehow Bob needs combine ball retention with a strong backbone and trusty outlets that can break with pace. In Igor I think we have a weapon who can tuck away the odd half chance when it comes our way but the three away games so far have seen us come up short.
Brighton is the last game before the International break, which annoyingly halts the flow of a new season, but with another Derby game thrown in for good measure these first few weeks have been a good test for Peeters and his players.
Brighton turned us over easily last season at The Amex and we didn’t get a sniff. The Seagulls have also been through quite a sea change this summer and my couple of good Brighton-supporting mates were on a real downer after their first couple of games.
Sami Hyypia has talked of altering Brighton’s passing game and more than half of the team that got them to last season’s Play-Off’s have departed and were replaced with inferior looking signings before the season began.
Yet in just the last week Hyypia has signed Aston Villa duo Joe Bennett and Gary Gardner on loan, Spanish striker Adrian Colunga from Getafe and former Bristol City striker Sam Baldock, who I have always rated, with more expected by Monday and have won three games in that week to turn I suspect frowns into smiles.
I hope Bob’s boys can do themselves justice tomorrow in front of I am sure a noisy band of Addicks.