Brighton & Hove Albion 3 Charlton Athletic 2
As night follows day, Charlton fans everywhere knew what was the likely outcome at half-time. Although after 5 minutes I think most of us were in shock. As someone said on Twitter: “Where are Charlton? What have you done with them?”
Normal service was resumed by 5 o’clock though when with 10 men following Patrick Bauer’s automatic red, we collapsed to defeat. After Addicks divided as ever, were comforting themselves with a masterclass counter attacking display in the first half, whilst others were pointing to the fragility of the team, especially the defence and questioning Fraeye’s tactics, although to be fair to the next Sir Alex, he wasn’t helped by a blatent red card and two more injuries. Three maybe as Cousins limped over the line.
I personally expected a complete drubbing and after what I watched last week today has to have been better. The next two games both at home simply must result in 6 points or Roly needs to give us his next network no-mark.
My thesis now I’ve had a couple of hours to digest only takes me back to the fact that our squad is horribly threadbare. The fact that we missed a young centre-half playing his first Charlton game of the season, only his 3rd league game ever, is ridiculous. How many goals have we let in with Sarr playing by the way?
Now Bauer is out, for what 3 games? Lennon’s head injury is bad according to Fraeye. Gudmundsson is injured, so is Jackson. Maybe Cousins. But not to worry
Roly Fraeye said the squad is fine.
There was an interesting quote from Ademola Lookman post match. He’s goal was a cracker today, and he said afterwards that he wanted a longer commitment. Roland must be rubbing his hands.
Back in the bottom three, things are so much better now. We even defended well according Karel. 11 goals conceded under Karel, 32 altogether.
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Relegation watch: Tony Watt scored as Cardiff won at Bolton. Rotherham lost at Wolves, Bristol City were beaten at home to a revived Blackburn and Huddersfield were suprise winners at Birmingham pushing us into the bottom 3.