Charlton Athletic 2 Blackpool 2
Our ability to finish teams off this season has been abysmal and although punctuated by some good results and the occasional bout of very good football, Bob Peeters’ team has now only won two games since September, which is frankly not good enough.
Early in the season Peeters set the team up quite expansively to a point where many of commented on how much more dangerous we were going forward, but he has become increasingly more and more scared of his own shadow.
Whether that is due to teams finding us out, Vetokele not being fully fit, a general shortage of players, or a combination of each I don’t know, but watching us has become very frustrating and results are being underscored by poor defending, slow starts and an anxiousness to go for it, especially when we are on top.
I don’t know what the record is for draws, but that is 12 for the season. Incredibly if we had hung on or Bikey had scored when it sounded as if is was impossible not to do so, then we would have been sat 8th tonight.
The Championship continues to throw up the peculiar, but I, a little more than before, continue to look down before I look up, and unless Roland Duchâtelet allows Peeters to improve the squad in January, I will be scrutinising that bottom three even more closely in the new year.
Before then we still have 9 points to play for in December, and to earn any of those we need to improve, and improve quickly.
Around the League: Middlesbrough beat Derby to knock them off the top, and the Rams are replaced by Bournemouth who in a thrilling encounter beat Cardiff 5-3. Norwich also hit 5, all in the 2nd half, against Huddersfield but the day’s top scorers were Birmingham who thrashed Reading 6-1 at St Andrews. Brentford beat Blackburn 3-1, Fulham won at Leeds and Watford beat Wigan in a more erratic than normal day of results.