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Charlton Athletic 0 Forest Green Rovers 0 (3-5 on penalties)

Wembley, Wembley, we’re the famo.. oh.

Come on, we’ve already been there once this year. The Addicks limped out of the Carabao Cup last night, a result I’m not particularly bothered about. Our expectations in cup competitions are so low. Lee Bowyer was scathing of the team’s performance and although he said he put a team out that he thought could win the game, it showed again that our squad beyond the first 18 is still very light.

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Oh look. A new pronouncement from our leader.

The old bugger escaped from his ward again this afternoon and managed to crank open the charge nurse’s typewriter.

No…. not a well done message to Lee Bowyer for our very encouraging start, or to the noisy Addicks in the big crowd on Saturday. Or to explain how he supported the manager in the transfer window, even though it meant selling another Premier League star of the future. Not even a pat on his own back by telling the story of turning down Brentford’s seven offers for Lyle Taylor.

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Charlton Athletic 3 Stoke City 1

I love this team. Lee Bowyer’s team. Well, team’s because this is the second one he has had to build. Bowyer and his coaching team, and not forgetting miracle worker Steve Gallen, have put together a group of players of such energy and gusto. They are almost rewriting the ‘Charlton way’. Look at that picture of Conor Gallagher. He’s only been here just over a week. The personality of this team is to die for. It really is.

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Beram Kayal late through the door

The 5th and final loan happened way after the 5 o’clock deadline tonight when Brighton’s experienced Israeli international Beram Kayal signed up for the season.

Kayal is thought off very fondly down on the south coast, and it was pleasing to see so many good wishes from Seagulls fans towards both the player and us.

The Israeli moved from Celtic to Brighton in 2015 and made 122 appearances, including 37 in the Premier League during the last two seasons. He brings ability and much needed experience, and he sounds every bit a Bowyer player.

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Two from West Brom in on loan

My phone was humming like a my dentist this morning at silly o’clock here in Key West. Early transfer activity at Sparrows Lane to calm us all down on transfer deadline day.

Both Sam Field and Jonathan Leko were hidden away in a hotel near Eltham last night as Steve Gallen put the final pieces of their season long loans into place.

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Cullen is back

Josh Cullen is back in the building, but with just one day of the summer transfer window left there’s plenty of room for more.

Charlton announced the second season loan for 23-year old Cullen today, who I assume failed to impress West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini enough in pre-season to gain a Hammers’ squad number for the coming season. Many Hammers’ fans, possibly desperate for a bit of famed West Ham academy talent to break through, seemed bemused by the decision, but their loss is our gain, and Lee Bowyer mirrored the excitement of fans the latest signing brought.

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Oh no, not Taylor

Sick to my stomach. That is how I felt this morning when I woke up and saw all the Lyle Taylor transfer stuff online. Even ratified by journo sage Rich Cawley.

Brentford are flush and in the market for a striker after selling Neil Maupay to Brighton for £20m, and Middlesbrough, well they can’t believe how easy it is to take sweets from a senile old football club murderer.

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