Charlton Athletic 2 Port Vale 0
The 426th man to take charge of a Charlton team under Roland Duchatelet actually did better than most of the previous caretaker managers and won 3 points today beating Port Vale 2-0 at another morgue like Valley. It was very much Russell Slade’s team, and it was interesting listening to Kevin Nugent on video after. For sure Slade had a positive influence on the back room, making it even more impetuous of Duchatelet to kick him to the kerb so suddenly.
Like most caretakers Nugent made no play for the big job but expects to be in charge on Tuesday at Bristol Rovers, but not next Saturday at home to promotion chasers Sheffield United. Today ex-MK Dons manager Karl Robinson’s odds have dropped with the bookies. Frankly under him and her it could be Pep Guardiola or Peppa Pig, it wouldn’t really matter.
The first half with Morgan Fox shining was pretty good after a nervous start. I have never understood why the left back gets singled out for stick. There are plenty worse, and lesser triers who haven’t been at the club since they were teenagers. But it was great to see the two strikers score, thanks to excellent assists from Fox.
For a lot for the 2nd half we seemed content to sit deep, and let Vale have possession. Very Slade that. But we came out winners and that middle section of the league table remains very tight.
Tuesday away at Bristol Rovers will be tough though, and a sign that if we can win, then this team might just be able to force their way into promotion contention. Perhaps with Nugent in charge? Come on stranger things have happened.
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