Charlton Athletic 1 Blackburn Rovers 2
“Even after you’ve made allowances – the injuries, the youth of the squad, the lack of a competent, confident striker – there was no excuse for it. It was a broken team, pretending to play football until the clock ran down, but looking like a blindfolded kabaddi team.” – Stickleback
“In fact, it would have been a much more enjoyable afternoon for supporters of the Addicks if the power cut that knocked out the floodlights had been permanent. Having to witness what followed was both a chore and a worrying sign that an FA Cup exit won’t be the last thing that leaves Charlton supporters in a state of misery before May.” – Chris Powell’s Flat Cap
“Falling behind after only three minutes set the scene with Taylor heading in unmarked at the back post after we were pulled all over the pitch. There simply wasn’t enough Charlton fight to get close to parity and Rovers were first to all the loose balls and played around us for most of the game.” – Drinking During the Game
“Genuinely worried. I see something in that Charlton performance today that goes beyond poor form. Unhappy players and confused kids.” – Hungry Ted
“Real sense of despondency tonight in SE7. Similar themes emerging. Gawd. How depressing.” – Stuart Mair
“Woeful from start to finish. Gonna be a long 2nd half to the season.” – Mart Adkins
And there is plenty more where that came from.
Elsewhere in the FA Cup: Forest lost at Rochdale and Norwich lost at Preston. Derby only beat Southport thanks to an injury time penalty and Birmingham came from 0-2 to win 3-2 at Blyth Spartans. Millwall drew 3-3 at home to Bradford, Ricardo Fuller scoring twice and two for Yann as Bournemouth scored big again winning 5-1 at Rotherham. Reading won at Huddersfield and Middlesbrough won at Barnsley.