Brighton & Hove Albion 2 Charlton Athletic 2
I wrote yesterday that in Igor we had a player that could bag a half chance on the road, well he did it twice today on the south-coast. The first out of nothing, early in the game to set the pattern for the remainder of the match. The second when, looking like he was out on his feet, he showed great natural instinct to fire home.
Unfortunately both of Igor’s goals were cancelled out, the last one in the final minute of injury time to leave Addicks ruefully foregoing three points, but in the cold light of day accepting a more pragmatic one.
On the face of it, it was a great point against another good side, one that I started to have doubts about, but that have made some strong signings under the spectre of FFP.
Meanwhile Bob still needs a system that can work away from home. Hanging on and relying on the good old fashioned ‘Charlton spirit’ is great, but we will need more than Igor’s eye for goal.
Yet all three points won away from home have been deserved one way or another, but with due respect, there are more Brighton’s than Brentford’s and Huddersfield’s to come in this league.
My Brighton mate at the game was very complimentary commenting that we were a much better organized team than last season and showed promise going forward contributing to a more than decent game. Good to hear.
Interestingly in four away games a goal has come late in each one of them, and only once in our favour. Another facet to Bob’s team perhaps we need to get used too, even though I could do without the dreaded expectancy.
Overall though with five league games gone, and now at the International break, we sit unbeaten in 6th place. It’s a promising start with a seriously long way to go. However out here in Mexico my beer tasted good tonight, acknowledging a good start, but I didn’t get carried away.
Around the League: Forest won at Wednesday to top The Championship at the International break and Watford beat Huddersfield 4-2 to sit 2nd. Wolves beat Blackburn, Millwall beat Blackpool 2-1 and Norwich and Bournemouth ended 1-1. Fulham got their first point of the season at home to Cardiff, Leeds beat Bolton and Wigan thrashed Birmingham 4-0 and had a certain Andy Delort paraded before the bumper crowd of 11,000 before the match.