Charlton Athletic 1 AFC Wimbledon 2
There is no sugar coating that yesterday. That was a dreadful result. I was following the game online and journalist Rich Cawley echoed my own thoughts midway through the 2nd half when he wrote “That lack of a second #cafc goal is making it nervy now for the hosts. #afcw still not creating clear chances but pushing more.”
And after playing a game of clinging on, the Dons grew in confidence as we retreated and not only equalised but then had the audacity to take all 3 points with a 85th minute winner.
No one’s fault but our own and in particular Russell Slade, who is worrying me with his negative tactics. It may not necessarily be his fault that his bench resembled a defender’s conference, but surely a fired up Botaka should have been introduced to help keep the ball in an attacking sense.
The game should have been put to bed in the 1st half, Lookman sounded unplayable, and even if the pressure dropped before the break, Slade should have reinvigorated our search for the all important 2nd at half-time. But he clearly didn’t.
One clean sheet in 9 first team games is not good enough looking at the resources available to Slade defensively. I lauded the signing of Jason Pearce, and it is clear that he is Slade’s number one pick, but he can’t be dominating or organizing the back five like his experience should allow. Bauer I would think will start on Tuesday.