Gillingham 1 Charlton Athletic 1
Nicky Ajose’s late penalty hides more cracks than a nudist convention after Charlton salvaged a point at Gillingham today. A pretty appalling 1st half performance at least improved amongst a bizarre refereeing display with the intoduction of Ajose after the break but when Ricky Holmes missed a penalty it looked as if we would slump to an embarrassing defeat. Yet a second opportunity from the spot after another handball decision gave Ajose a second chance to equalize and he did confidently and ran to Slade pointing at his chest.
The couple of thousand of Addicks at Priestfield made their feelings pretty clear towards Russell Slade at the break and two points from six leaves us sandwiched between Millwall and Gillingham in 17th fast approaching a third of the way through the season. That’s one win in twelve.
It is hard to see anything other than midtable mediocrity with leaders Scunthorpe clear at the top and 14 points ahead of us. Bradford, Sheffield United under Chris Wilder and Bolton are all handily placed with Wimbledon in 6th, whilst us, Millwall, MK Dons all flap around the bottom.
We either cannot impose ourselves on games, or if we are on top, Slade seems scared to throw caution to the wind, and our pattern of results and performances this season underscore that. Slade, who has never won a promotion, is a safe pair of hands and I don’t deny that we need that, but I think any ambition of a challenge for promotion is beyond him.
Before kick off Addicks kept their pressure on the ownership by flying an airplane over Priestfield streaming a banner behind it saying ‘Duchatelet and Meire – Time to Fly.’
If pigs can do it, then so can you 🐷
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