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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.”

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  1. Yes especially this fixture is a huge reminder,but put it into context this is now our fourth visit to this level since 1972 so for many of us its nothing new,what we need to focus on is the here and now and what constitutes a big game,forget what’s gone we have away fixtures at Millwall and Scunthorpe these are big games as things stand,we have left the “promise land” long ago and have twice left the “land of the fallen giants” The “promise land ” owners couldn’t generate the inward investment required,and the previous owners just allowed the Club to drift,when Chris got the boot we had 7 games in hand mainly due to lack of maintenance to our stadium,so what regime do we return to,the ones who lost interest,the ones who couldn’t get the investment,the ones who took us from the Valley,the ones who took us to the brink of liquidation,the ones who were happy for us to play in a concrete amphitheatre and kept selling our best players,maybe the ones who when we wanted some seating bought a second hand stand from Aldershot ,so just maybe we are where we are despite the array of “Tsars” at our helm it possibly equals the sum total of our ambition, so may be ,Fleetwood,Wimbledon,Bristol Rovers etc were destined to be our big games,food for thought.

    September 11, 2016

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