Break time over
I have arrived in Miami from Kansas City this afternoon and joined by a mate we will have a night on the tiles before flying back to Bermuda Saturday evening.
That means tomorrow I will again be away from home whilst the Addicks play signifying more desperate tapping at the phone for two hours.
The International break was a bit of a nuisance and I hope it hasn’t interrupted our good start out of the blocks. Watford took the opportunity to replace their manager despite a terrific start and the Hornets will be playing under former Brighton boss Oscar Garcia for the first time.
Garcia was a popular figure at Brighton whereas Beppe Sannino patently wasn’t at Vicarage Road and Hornets have reacted well to the change by selling out their full Jimmy Seed allocation.
Jóhann Berg Gudmundsson appears to have returned to The Valley with an injury from Iceland’s games, picking up an ankle knock and is doubtful. Lawrie Wilson will probably deputise with Frederick Bulot on the bench.
Bulot wouldn’t have had a lot of time with his new team mates as he has been away with Gabon. Igor Vetokele, Morgan Fox, Joe Gomez and Simon Church were the other Addicks away on International duty.
Igor had to endure a 9-hour return flight to London but selfishly I was happy to see Angola lose both of their games which means they can’t qualify for January’s African Cup of Nations. Bulot’s Gabon still have every chance of making it though.
Our last couple of games with Watford have produced some very exciting games and it was our victory over them at the end of April that secured our Championship status. I hope there is a good atmosphere and that David Whyte is giving the appropriate tribute.
Finally in a move I think is make or break for him, Joe Pigott has gone on loan to Newport County until November 22nd.