Charlton Athletic 1 Blackburn Rovers 1
A lot better, but it could hardly have been worse. Just the one goal conceded this week predictably by Jordan Rhodes. But a more combative and hard working performance for sure for Jose Riga to build on and the next two games are huge.
More players are needed though, goals are a problem, in fact with JBG completely out of form, creativity leading to goal opportunities are at a premium.
The squad is so devoid of quality that I really hope that Riga is further allowed to strengthen the squad with some quality and not just padding. It was very noticeable that neither Ricardo Vaz Te, Diego Poyet, Roger Johnson or Rhys Williams were in the starting line up yesterday. Williams and Vaz Te not even in the squad. I would not be surprised if Williams is sent back to Middlesbrough early as I’d imagine Duchatelet would want to see some outward movement.
Tony Watt played and was as we remembered, direct but ran down a lot of blind alleys, and Zakarya Bergdich started his first game since the Preston thumping in October and did well. Word was Bergdich was this week expected to head to Cyprus on loan. Expect he will stay now. New signing Jorge Teizeira universally impressed and I hope he is equipped for the rigours of Championship football.
Sky Sports have said that we have put in a bid for Bolton’s Liam Feeney. He shone in a wide position against at The Valley before Christmas. That would be a tidy signing.
The football was almost secondary yesterday with various protests against the owner and his executive team taking part before, during and after the game. The numbers were far greater than the Forest game and the media attention is now vast.
Stickleback summarizes the events well and talks about the flash point when a steward forcibly removed a male fan and his mother who hung a flag from the Upper North saying inoffensively ‘We want our club back.’ It is believed they were both thrown out of the ground and had their season tickets confiscated, as too did a man who fluttered a load of ‘Roland Out’ posters from the upper west into the director’s box.
Meire herself was said to behind both of these actions. This and the increased security I am sure an effort to antagonize fans and turn the media and general football public support against us. Not going to happen. And Meire’s arrogance and ineptitude will only make those protests louder and longer.
Relegation watch: Bolton closed the gap beating a lethargic MK Dons 3-1. Rotherham drew at Cardiff 2-2 and Bristol City lost at Leeds whilst Fulham were beaten at home by Hull.
Photo credit: Keith Gillard.