Nottingham Forest 0 Charlton Athletic 0
Belize internet is not being kind to me here, and it was my ever thoughtful Mum’s text last night that told me of yesterday’s result. 5 points from those first three games I would have happily taken when the fixtures came out, but what the reports I have belatedly read tell me is that we are maybe only a fit and Championship-ready Igor or another striker away from a play-off push.
15-18 goal strikers cost more money than Roly is prepared to pay, and fair enough when you see what Bristol City have offered for Andre Gray.
Watt by all accounts last night was quiet, struggling I would have thought from four games in ten days. Makienok was a handful but should have won us the game. The difference between mid-table and promotion.
A good result though and a sign that my expectations have moved up a rung when after reading the reports I am disappointed to only take a point.
Forest fans, who now risk losing Michail Antonio, by comparison were happy with their lot.
Good teams have great defences and it looked as if the back five had another barnstormer and we should take great encouragement from that as we approach another two tough tests.
I am going to end with a thought that I can’t get out of my head. Is this not like last season? Yes we have better individual players and a more astute manager but I worry that the squad is again very threadbare with few options and no options for some positions. Solly for example took a huge whack during the game, but got up and soldiered on, so a plea from the Belize jungle to Roly.
Be happy with the first two weeks, but don’t be content. Luzon and the players’ good start needs supporting and backing with some ambition. Not Andre Gray ambition, but sensible ambition that we can all appreciate.
Addick Bloggers at the City Ground: Chris Powell’s Flat Cap.
Elsewhere in The Championship: A lot of draws over two nights. Ipswich went top after beating Burnley 2-0, Hull are 2nd after beating Fulham and MK Dons are 4th after beating Bolton. Tonight QPR won away at Wolves after coming from 0-2 to win 3-2.