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.
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