A little apathetic at the moment, not helped unusually by it being the middle of September and I haven’t see us play yet. I have a trip booked home for the middle of November and that, the televised game at Swindon, will probably be my first game. I am not alone, but of course Charlton Athletic still runs through my veins, they just don’t feel my head like they used to, hence why this Blog has been a little bare recently as I’m void of thoughts and opinions.
Anyway, a lot of you are still going, which I respect, so I am interested to how we are playing. It certainly appears that Slade has brought some fighting team spirit back, late goals against Bolton and Fleetwood attest to that, and that is a dramatic positive over last season when if we conceded, which was always just a matter of time, then that was it.
Ajose appears to not have much of an all round game, and those two goals against Walsall haven’t kicked him on. It might explain his career thus far. Yet Magennis sounds an excellent hold up striker and Novak, who has had a stop, start season, has impressed when he has played. After the transfer deadline came and went, Ademola Lookman suddenly got a start, and I hope he now gets a run. And for many of you Ricky Holmes has been the stand out player.
I think we still look desperately short in a midfield shorn of pace and creativity but hopefully I’ll hear better things of Ulvestad tomorrow. Slade has left the back four the same for a few games now with surprisingly young Konsa keeping fit again Bauer and Lennon plus charm merchant Johnson on the bench.
So, who have you been impressed by? After a handful of games do we look like we have the strength of character, ability and squad depth to achieve Slade’s sole aim of promotion? Early days I know, but for me already the top of the table is starting to formulate with Bolton, Bradford, Millwall and Peterborough showing and after a poor start Sheffield United have won their last three games and moved above us. Many people’s dark horses Scunthorpe have also started well.
Tomorrow we entertain AFC Wimbledon in what has been labelled as ‘black and white day’ as CARD hopes as many people come to The Valley wearing their new protest shirts and other black and white garb as possible. 500 black and white scarves will be given away before the game. No doubt protesting Addicks will be well supported by AFC Wimbledon’s supporters, a club who know everything there is to know about adversity.