Cup fever. Or will it end in the flu?
When you think about it, it is astonishing that we are only one point from safety. We have won 2 games in 22 matches! That stretch of games over two different managers, Fraeye’s record worse than Luzon’s even though that is hard to believe because it had to be a better decision.
In all seriousness it is incredible that in 25 games we have seen us win just 4 times, yet we are still within a very good fighting chance of staying up, even though the bookies have given up on us. Corals have us at 1/5 to go down.
A long time ago, in fact probably on the eve of the opening weekend, I looked at the teams in The Championship and tried to find 3 other candidates for relegation. Who will be worse than us? And that scheme still very much applies.
One would have to think that Fulham have the squad and the goals in them to move out of trouble. They are the division’s top scorers plus they have appointed a proper manager with a track record. Imagine that? That leaves Bolton, who are in a world of mess, Rotherham who recently managed two wins on the bounce, Bristol City who have won 1 in 10, MK Dons, who have scored less goals than Charlton and Huddersfield, who suffer from the same lack of depth issues that we do.
Defensively we have to improve to give us a chance of gaining more points, that is obvious and the club have addressed that by signing two experienced centre half’s, also allowing Diarra to move ahead of them to provide a midfield shield. Unfortunately Patrick Bauer will be out for another month. I’m unsure as to Diarra’s fitness.
Relegation can certainly be avoided, but we all know why Corals have us at 1/5 to go down.
Tomorrow provides the players and Fraeye with a break from the rigours of the league, but what a banana skin is laid out in front of them. Colchester United have won 1 game in 15, a late equaliser last week against fellow relegation candidates Oldham preventing a 10th consecutive defeat. The U’s have let in 59 league goals, the worst in all four division.
A defeat tomorrow would surely end the Interim’s reign, wouldn’t it?
One bright spark for Colchester was the form of on-loan Callum Harriott, now back at The Valley but sadly unavailable tomorrow. Harriot is a perfect example of the mismanagement at The Valley. The 21-year old has played under 7 managers in his professional career, two recently at Colchester.
22 months ago Jose Riga really got us believing in Harriott and I am sure believing in himself. Peeters used him a host of odd positions, Luzon didn’t like him at all and now Fraeye’s talks about him like he’s the second coming. In the meantime the club, presumably Meire, agreed to allow Colchester a no-recall clause and let him get cup-tied.
Harriott won’t feature tomorrow but not to worry as Darren Ambrose and Marvin Sordell probably will! Question for Fraeye is team selection. He actually has some choices and I wonder if he will give all three new signings their debut? Does he put out his strongest team or does he mix it up a bit and find places for players like Cristian Ceballos, Karlan Ahearne-Grant, Franck Moussa, Regan Charles-Cook and Joe Pigott? I am sure the Interim knows what he’s doing.
Good luck the 1,500 Addicks making the journey underlining it is ‘support the team and not the regime.’
Finally the club didn’t waste much time in relieving the payroll after three new signings this week plus the return of Harriott, Joe Pigott and Ayo Obileye. Oliver Muldoon has joined Dagenham & Redbridge on loan until the end of the season and could feature in the Daggers’ FA Cup 3rd tie at Goodison Park tomorrow. Good luck Oliver.