Oxford United 1 Charlton Athletic 1
I know little of Saturday’s game apart from what I have read from eye-witnesses and I don’t think it was much cop. A sell out away end didn’t seem impressed and I note that the anti Roland songs are getting louder and more prolonged.
Just 2 wins from 9 games, and those against two teams below us in the table. It’s early, although I always take note of that 10-game barometer, but as Barnsley will attest this league is most definitely a marathon and not a sprint.
Most Addicks appear to be pointing their collective fingers at Russell Slade’s negative tactics and his natural instinct does seem to be to begin a game protecting the point we start with, and then he looks afraid to be adventurous late on with either progressive substitutes or attacking tactics. Maybe it is more obvious than we thought as to the reason Slade has never won a promotion in 22 years of management.
I’m okay with one up front away from home but you need pace, guile and bravery from midfield to support the sole striker and we don’t have it. Other than Lookman none of the forwards look like they can create a goal for themselves, so unless Holmes can assist then I wonder to how many we will see from Novak, Magennis and Ajose. It is noticeable that Jacko is now top scorer. Again. And he came closest to scoring on Tuesday.
Some injuries are also starting to take their toll and now Harry Lennon will be stupidly suspended. The squad is horribly under resourced yet it carries some good players at this level and should be able to challenge.
Two home games follow. Tuesday is vital that we pick up 3 points as the natives are getting restless.