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Southend United 1 Charlton Athletic 1

A last minute equalizer by Andrew Crofts salavaged what sounded like an undeserved point at Roots Hall today. It was the Shrimpers who made the most chances and we had to thank Dillon Phillips and a missed open goal just before Aribo set up Crofts to smash home in the 90th minute.

For the longest time travelling Addicks had little to cheer although in a couple of minute spell in the 2nd half we had two chances well saved and the very impressive Joe Aribo hit the bar.

However it looked like another blank for Robinson until Crofts got his first Charlton goal to give us a point, which looking at the team and bench before kick off was probably more than we could have anticipated against an in form Southend.

Why Robinson felt the need to say Lookman was ill, although that was probably his instructions from Katrien Meire, and she would never lie to us would she? But with the latest youngster to be farmed on to Everton as soon as the window opens and Morgan Fox likely to be on his way to Sheffield Wednesday, Robinson will need to add about six players to Jay Desilva who was unveiled yesterday.

Dasilva may well get a start on Monday alongside Aribo, unless Joe is also struck down as “ill.” As far as Desilva is concerned the Lookman lookie likey mirrors the Everton bound Lookman in more ways than one and Robinson has clearly chosen the Chelsea youngster as a straight swap. Duchatelet will be pleased with the maths as well.

Dasilva comes well recommended and owns bags full of youth medals. Question is, can he match Lookman’s strength and tenancity on a first team stage in the cloggers division of League One. Guess we will find out because Robinson’s pickings are slimmer than slim.

Addick Bloggers at Roots Hall: Chris Powell’s Flat Cap.

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  1. Roots Hall has the same feel as the old Den used to have. The ram shackle terrace are very intimating and uncomfortable from a spectators point.

    The game such as it was had the usual two sides to it with the first half none productive or any kind of real football played from our Charlton side.

    Not suprising that we went down one nil through some bad defending again from a set-piece. We have this problem with dead ball and corners something that cost us many unnecessary goals.

    Fox was his usual useless right back presenting gift of sloppy ball control that very early in the game nearly was a another error that could have been costly.

    The second half did produce more urgency in our play with Smith making two great saves and the woodwork Coming to the shrimpers aid. We got behind their defence more which in the end we ground out an equaliser through the unlikely source Andy Croft.

    Some will say not deserved, maybe’ but football is like that when least expected the tide turns.

    December 31, 2016
  2. Richard Powell #

    I have read a few blogs now from people who were not there. Much better performance from the Addicts , than the mess I witnessed at Millwall , I think that Robinson has the makings of a good manager for us we had more shots on Goal and played attacking football , the second half again was the best . This is witnessed by the fact that Southend Goal Keeper was man of the match, he pulled off two/ three good saves to keep us out . I am more confident as we go into 2017, most of us went home happy with a point but it could have easily been 3 …

    December 31, 2016
    • Richard. Agreed.

      I too have read more eye witness accounts and I think I got the wrong impression from the radio commentary (listened to with a hangover). Sounded a decent 2nd half performance and a deserved point.

      Hopefully Robinson will be allowed to bring in the players he needs and wants.

      December 31, 2016
      • Cheers happy new year next time I am in Bermuda ( re insurance) will look you up, bit fed up with the Eyore attitude of a lot of bloggers need to chafe their lenses . Rich

        December 31, 2016

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