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Charlton Athletic 1 Nottingham Forest 1

A more spirited performance from Charlton today backed well by Charlton fans throughout – more on those brilliant Addicks later, who continue to protest outside the west stand as I type this.

The returning Callum Harriott made a shock start and was involved in almost every good move Charlton made. Playing in a midfield three he set up Makienok’s equaliser and almost grabbed a winner at the death. Charlton had the better chances, although Forest sounded more comfortable in possession.

At half-time though most Addicks thought the script had already been written when with Forest upping the pressure they scored in the 44th minute, the 4th time in 5 matches that Fraeye’s team have conceded right on half time. 

The shorn Makienok poked in a peach of a Harriott cross on 70 minutes, but any hope of 3 points was snuffed out by two quick yellows and a following red for sub Holmes-Dennis who had only been on the pitch 10 minutes. 

A point that keeps us in the bottom three and one from safety, but the big story at The Valley this afternoon was the huge turnout protesting against the mis-management of the club by the owner and his puppet administration. I watched some amazing scenes on social media and spoke to my mate in the midst of it. Proud to be CAFC tonight and more thoughts on that later.

Addick Bloggers at The Valley:

Relegation watch: Bristol City succumbed to an injury time goal at Reading, a late own goal prevented MK Dons winning at Leeds, likewise a Rotherham own goal gave Preston the 3 points at Deepdale. Huddersfield won 2-0 at Bolton blunting any revival from Neil Lennon’s side and Fulham lost at home to Sheffield Wednesday in Slavisa Jokanovic’s first game in charge.

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  1. LP #

    It was a good protest CA – despite the weather – but I think the protests during the match were actually a lot stronger – the vast majority of people stood up (even in the West stand!!). I also thank the Forest fans – I know their team didn’t have the greatest game and they must have been disappointed – but they have been by far the least objectionable fans this season and you had a sense of some kind of understanding of what we are going through.
    More of the in-match protests get my vote, but I will do whatever is required. Even better – asking people to not attend at all. What bigger protest than an empty stadium? Sadly there are still people who do not agree, and that is their prerogative – but to hear someone shouting that the people standing up are not real Charlton fans and they should support another team is very sad. We are all entitled to our opinion and if you truly believe this man is not destroying our club, then that is up to you.

    January 2, 2016
  2. Sam lloyd #

    I will continue supporting the team but NOT the regime hence my black & white scarf & attending the protests #COYR

    January 2, 2016
  3. Poor performance in the first half, but the game opened up in the second period with Harriot being the play maker. I’m a little worried by the lack of commitment shown by some of the players, but pleased with the final outcome.

    The last minutes of the game might well have
    Looked different if the effort from Harriots shot was not saved by there keeper. Better from the Addicks, still a lot more room for improvement.

    January 2, 2016
  4. C.A, I enjoy reading your blogs, in the main you write about how so many of us feel at times. Personally I have been against the owner for some time, as I have commented on when replying to some of your posts.

    Lets all remind ourselves about what were now – as 1 collective supporter unit – embarking on, we have started the demonstrations in earnest now, and we can not now turn away, if were in this for the long haul then so be it, its a battle for our club, for its identity, for its future, for its marvelous fans, who brought this club back to the Valley. This is a battle we must not lose.

    .As much as the Media are now beginning to turn their gaze on what is going on here, I believe we still need to extend the coverage even further, our Chairman does not attend matches, prefering to stay in Belgium, it would be nice to see pressure applied to him in Belgium also, in the press, on their TV etc, anything which could give bad publicity to his work ventures there, If, as has been stated, he is a private man, then public pressure will tell on him in time.

    January 2, 2016

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