Charlton Athletic 0 Preston North End 3
That was disgraceful and it all began with the team selection. Dropping Jackson for Ba is unforgivable. Playing three left backs. Relying on Ahearne-Grant again. Way to ruin the boys career. If a senior player is fit to be on the bench, he is fit to play!
I have backed Luzon because he has been given nothing to work with and I would stick my neck out and proffer he has had very little say in player acquisitions, but have no doubt tonight’s embarrassment lies with Luzon and Luzon only. The players too. Where is the desire? The professionalism? they too are hugely culpable.
Between this merry lot, the mercenary players, the dead-man-walking head coach, the naive CEO and a mute of a mad professor owner, they are killing the very essence of what this club is about.
I pity anyone who went tonight with every plan to give them every encouragement possible. Two minutes and 1-0 down. Ba, who played about half an hour in England before coming to us, badly at fault in the build up that led to the free-kick.
That performance, and I only listened on the radio, was up there with the death knell of Pardew’s reign. Even the normally bias and positive Peter Finch and Terry Smith sounded as if they’d given up.
Luzon has to be accountable for tonight’s performance. Bringing on McAleny at half-time instead of a player who might have more invested in the well being of the club was lamentable.
Of course Ms Meire shouted her mouth off again today, her communication skills really are up there with the Iraqi Minister for Information. What will be her next move? Or is she waiting to find out?
As for Guy Luzon. If he is allowed another chance on Saturday and perhaps an opportunity to find another Chris Eagles or Roger Johnson, who would walk into this team by the way, then he better sort this absolute mess out. Fast.
Relegation watch: Bottom three now for the Addicks. Bolton lost at home to Birmingham, who are now 2nd. Rotherham drew at home with a credible draw aagainst Reading. Bristol City stay close after losing to a late Bobby Zamora winner for Brighton. Chris Powell’s Huddersfield move to 13th after a 2-0 win over MK Dons. Leeds and Brentford play tomorrow.