Hull City 6 (SIX) Charlton Athletic 0
There can’t be a Charlton fan on the planet that expected that. Who an earth loses 5-0 on a Tuesday and then 6-0 the following Saturday? After all that head hanging and soul searching after Huddersfield? Only at Charlton.
I really thought we would at the very minimum fight like our lives depended on it today, but no, another new low. Our biggest defeat in 32 years and we are still waiting on the apology and offers of ticket refunds.
Riga has only been back 5 minutes and I will exonerate him from blame, but although I have been a huge proponent of supporting the team and not the regime, what an earth was that? Where is the professional pride, the self-respect, the ‘oh I need to work my balls off today for the new manager’?
Half a week in a life of a Charlton fan – 11 goals conceded, 0 goals scored, 4 shots on target, 2 managers. Congratulations Roland Duchatelet and Katrien Meire, you can be very proud of your achievements. Meire was absent. Accountability zero. But I have it on good authority that Roly enjoyed his live feed.
CAFC Player wasn’t working, so I listened to the Hull commentary team. They were quite funny, in a gallows kind of way, which is where we sit at the moment. Henderson sounded blameless, although after listening to his interview on Tuesday, I hate to think how his confidence must be shot.
But, it’s ok, huh. We have addressed our errors in recruitment in January and signed Diego Poyet, Roger Johnson and Rhys Williams. Think how bad it could have been without them?
Riga’s interview afterwards was good, calming, authoritive and unapologetic, which is fine, although I really hope that Wim de Corte is not in charge of training next week and Riga is allowed to bring his own people in. I found it interesting when asked about his relationship with Duchatelet, Riga said he came back for Charlton, and no one else.
As others have said, last time round Riga inherited better players, especially defensively, a more together squad and 4 games in hand. Here he has inherited a mess, a team not playing for each other, the worst defence in all 4 divisions, and coached for the last 3 months by a Sunday league manager plus a club rotten to the core and being dismantled day by day.
Next Saturday’s protests need to be loud and nasty. The present is f**ked, but we need to salvage the future.
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Relegation watch: Bolton were beaten at Forest 3-0, Rotherham also lost 3-0 at home to QPR but Bristol City beat league leaders Middlesbrough 1-0 with a late, late winner. MK Dons beat Reading and Fulham drew at Huddersfield 1-1.