Cheltenham Town 1 Charlton Athletic 0
Apparently a top 6 budget doesn’t buy you a cup run. Total respect to Cheltenham, especially their programme editor, but they were a non-league team 3 months ago.
We were relegated in April, everyone knew Riga would not stay, yet none of us are surprised by what we have witnessed so far. A squad unprepared, under-resourced, carrying long term unexplained injuries and on the back of a poor pre-season which followed according to Russell Slade absolutely no pre-planning at all by those at the head of the organization.
The squad remains woefully short with no promised additions to the team, a point when pushed on Slade afterwards got him very snippy. Quite a challenge this job ain’t it Russ?
The team looks unbalanced, lacks pace and has zero creativity, Holmes aside. Nicky Ajose is already cutting a dejected figure. We have scored 2 goals in 630 minutes. And as for playing Johnson again, well that might have been to make a point, but Addicks will make their point on Saturday.
Slade needed a good start, he still has enough quality at his disposal, but he has failed. It was a free hit. Bury and Cheltenham. Saturday could be very uncomfortable.
But hey, I am about to board a flight to Rio to watch to the Olympics. I have other things to worry about.