Charlton Athletic 1 Huddersfield Town 2
Tonight’s result and performance makes last season’s 3-0 win all the more remarkable.
The worrying thing about tonight is that, Diarra rested aside, it was probably our best team with the players available, alongside a very impressive bench. Cousins however, should never play left side of midfield again. Never.
The question, and I am sounding like a broken record, but the question is how does Luzon change it? Who does he have, where are the options?
He has mixed and matched all of the centre-forwards, but I’ll stick my neck out and suggest that not one of them is good for more than 10 goals this season, and if JBG doesn’t producer a pearler, who is going to get us goals? The Everton lad hopefully will be keen to impress, but we can’t lump all of our hopes on him!
Simpy Luzon was undone. For all of his bravado, and I like it, I do, but he was beaten (I know, one drawn) by two managers who know their teams’ strengths and limitations and could carry out a game plan better than the Israeli. Jackett did it also before the International break.
Luzon has some technically gifted players available to him, who also offer some Addick-type fighting spirit, but this division demands more than that. The Championship is full of Ismael Miller’s, and you need to know how to deal with it, and really only Jordan Cousins and Chris Solly have any experience playing against that type of player. Okay, JBG for a season.
With the tiny squad that we have the players have to know how to play many, many different ways to get a result. Home, away, QPR, Rotherham, Saturday, Tuesday.
Alright, I am not prone to over-reactions, but Henderson aside, what can Luzon add or bring to the equation? I would start with the club captain, he needs to play. We need leaders, experience, goals and someone who can carry out a game plan. Time for Jacko.
Finally, let’s not have an opposing manager do the tunnel jump again please. I love Chris Powell, but I love Charlton more.
Elsewhere in the Championship: Hull dished out Cardiff’s first defeat winning 2-0 in Wales, Dale Stephens scored as Brighton went 5 point clear at the top after beating Rotherham 2-1, Middlesbrough beat Brentford 3-1 and Burnley won their 4th succesive league game 2-1 at home to MK Dons. Derby won again away at Reading.