Friday night’s are alright
Katrien is right, Friday night football is a fantastic idea. How nice it was to wake this morning without a care in the world and 3 points in the back pocket of our pyjamas.
The Addicks sat 12th overnight after winning at Wigan, today Reading and Leeds both moved back above us after they both had very good wins on the road. Reading at Ipswich and Leeds at Middlesbrough to remind us how hard games are to call in The Championship.
8 points is the difference between us and the bottom 3, Rotherham damaged their goal difference today losing by 5 at Wolves, and Brighton won for the first time in 5 league games beating Birmingham, who now have a points deduction hanging over them and haven’t won in 8.
Back to last night then, like Brentford last week one could make a case that winning was down to a lacklustre opposition, but team’s don’t sneak wins 3-0. Also like Saturday, and under Peeters’ early season, we were dominated in the possession stakes, but with Watt and Vetokele lively up front and the Henderson led defence licked back into shape, a counter attacking style does suit the players we have available. Eagles adding to that dexterity.
Derby will be a whole different proposition though and Tuesday night will be a big test. We were well beaten up there last season and we lost there in the League Cup. So much has changed since we beat them at The Valley in what was the highlight of Bob Peeters’ reign. We are a different opposition now, but better or worse, it is hard to know.
Yoni Buyens, whose performance was the one negative by all accounts last night, will be missing after collecting his 10th yellow card of the season. I’m not convinced Luzon will go with Lepoint, because he has shown no real proclivity to so far.
There isn’t a lot of choice unless the club do offer a contract to the experienced Alou Diarra. The ex-captain of France is expected to play for the U21’s on Monday.
For those interested, my good friend New York Addick has done his annual detailed analysis of Charlton’s audited accounts, which include 6 months of Roland Duchâtelet’s ownership.
Ok, back to enjoying your weekends.