Shrewsbury Town 1 Charlton Athletic 0
We just weren’t good enough were we?..
Charlton ended the season how they started it back in August. Short on options, quality and goals. Lee Bowyer and Johnnie Jackson brought back togetherness, spirit and pride, but they had no way to address the continuous issues that Roland Duchatelet has besieged every single manager or head coach that has taken the team since the old bastard walked into our lives.
Shrewsbury over-powered us, roughed us up and played to a style that they have perfected under one manager for almost two seasons. We can bemoan that their goalscorer should have been sent off, and we were refused a blatant penalty, but the best team won over two games.
Bowyer said we missed chances, well we didn’t really. We may have missed half chances but despite having spells of dominance in the game, especially in the period before half-time I never thought we looked like scoring.
There was no real threat up front, lots of jumping and battling, and short passing, but our best move came from a lovely cross field ball from JFC to Ajose who was just beaten to the finish. Our set pieces were poor with Forster-Caskey’s injury time corner summing up the season not just the game.
Typical Charlton they raise hopes, knock all aside, storm into the play-off’s when all looked lost, then dramatically underperform in two games when it really mattered. Mind you it was a big ask with a hectic fixture list, and the players, switched around as much as Bowyer could, looked totally spent this last week.
The end of this season can still have a happy ending. As devastated as I feel tonight, a chance to see Bowyer and Jackson given the opportunity to build a team with real resourcefulness and ability to get promoted under a passionate and inspirational ownership, may be worth waiting for.
Sleep well Addicks.
Quote: “I love the club. I wouldn’t be here now if I didn’t. I’d like to stay but I’m not in control of that. If I’m going to stay then it’ll be as manager because if not then I won’t be staying. That’s 100 per cent. That is the only way I’ll stay.”