Fleetwood Town 2 Charlton Athletic 2
No disrespect to the Cod Army, a spirited and friendly club, but today is a sledge hammer of a reminder of where Duchatelet, Meire and a succession of poor decisions have taken us.
And judging commentary and subsequent viewpoints of those there we were the second best team today. The start was a mess, encouraging pressure on our defence and we were 0-1 down within a couple of minutes. Our midfield still sounds as if it lacks creativity and pace with debutant Ulvestad pretty anonymous. Plenty of time to judge the Norwegian though.
Our passing sounded sideways and backwards, Fleetwood’s sounded probing and threatening. However a peach of a cross from Holmes, who we were told after has hardly trained, found Josh Magennis who headed home his first Addicks’ goal. From what I have heard the Irishman has been one of most impressive performers this season thus far.
Then moments before half-time more defensive disorganization saw Fleetwood retake the lead when David Ball curled in. It was pretty humourous that Town’s scorers were called Long and Ball, but only one team were playing it hopefully forward, and it wasn’t them.
The 2nd half from a Charlton point of view sounded pretty uninspiring with Ajose and Lookman rarely getting a mention and Fleetwood easily squashing any half or quarter chances. We also had numerous corners that came to nowt.
Novak came on for Ajose, which was an improvement and on 82 minutes Slade replaced Holmes and Ulvestad with Botaka and Foley and credit to Slade, 5 minutes later all three combined for an undeserved but very welcome equaliser in front of the travelling Addicks.
5 league games unbeaten since losing at Bury but it is hardly setting the pulses racing.
Addick Bloggers at the Highbury Stadium: Chris Powell’s Flat Cap.
Slade says: “We warned them, we told them and we prepared for it. We shouldn’t have been playing in our half in the first 10 minutes because we knew their front three would press with a real urgency. There wasn’t the time to be taking the ball out of the back and it led us into trouble and they were 1-0 up.”