Charlton Athletic 0 Ipswich Town 1
And you thought it was the orange shirts? My last two games – Bournemouth and Ipswich Town!
It was a horrible way to lose a game we should never have, especially as our own sloppiness was integral to Noel Hunt’s 95th minute winning goal. Ben Haim had been outstanding until he decided he was Claus Jensen in the last minute. As I have written many times since Peeters’ arrival, over playing the football is on occasion going to come a cropper. That’s not Ben Haim’s first offence.
It was tough on the Israeli, who Peeters was furious with, but I have really been impressed with TBH and it is admirable that his immediate thought was to avoid safety first and attempt to find some space and a pass that might have given us an opportunity to score a 95th minute winner. Why not, it is what you pay your money for.
As an illustration the first half was an absolute joy to watch. Our passing, pressing and interplay was outstanding but sadly that is not enough to win games and with this group of players we are just not going to score many goals, so when we get a chance, half or full on, we have to make it pay.
I thought Igor was excellent and he works so hard, but his first touch was a little off, probably hindered by not being fully fit, but the pressure on this young man’s shoulders to win us games is too much. Harriott was an excellent foil yesterday and that was probably the best I have seen him in a Charlton shirt. It was just a shame that our very best chance fell to him, played in ironically by Vetokele.
It was a very open game and although we lost yet another game on the box, at the very least we put on a very good display and Ipswich played their part in a good advert for the division, but hey Sky don’t rush back please.
Every player played well, Cousins worked his socks off, Jackson was quiet, but when he wasn’t on the pitch I thought we lost a little discipline and shape in the middle of the pitch. Anyone else think that?
My mate will tell you, but I was positively wetting myself at how good Francis Coquelin was in that first half. He did tire though and I thought others were carrying him towards the end, but he is some player and if we sign him in January, which some people think we might, I will need a new drawer of underwear.
Bikey was as immense as ever, but both Pope and Fox made me nervous, and I question whether these two academy graduates will prove to be good enough for this level. Fox I think struggles a little with Peeters insistence on a passing slow build up game and maybe Pope just needs more game-time.
The most disappointing player was Gudmundsson, who is stacked with real talent, but if telegraphs still existed (perhaps they do) he must have sent about 20 yesterday as he cut inside and transversed the beautiful Valley pitch to balloon a shot into the crowd time and again. Not helpful, and I would have replaced him earlier.
Peeters does makes some errors of judgement but as we all watch us slip down the table having won one in six, and a goal becoming as rare as Bikey bottling a challenge, my reservations still lay very much with the owner.
Calling on him for another striker is becoming like a flash mob in the ground and on internet blogs and forums. It’s almost bizarre.
Nonetheless I’m still glad I flew home for the game and avoided it on the telly. That first half was better appreciated closer to the action, and if there is a best way to suffer a 95th minute defeat it is amongst fellow despairing Addicks.
Around the League: Derby stay top despite losing at Leeds, Brentford are now 3rd after inflicting on Wolves another big defeat at Griffin Park and Millwall came from 0-2 again, this time at Bournemouth to prevent the Cherries going top. Blackburn grabbed a late equaliser at Middlesbrough and Fulham won at Brighton despite Darren Bent opening to scoring for the home side, who are now in the bottom three alongside Wigan, who lost at Sheffield Wednesday and Blackpool, who drew at Rotherham.