Friday, December 30, 2005

Irons preview

The Addicks meet the Irons at The Valley at 1 p.m. tomorrow (I mention the time as some people didn't seem to be aware of it earlier today) in what hopefully will be a cracking London derby. Former Addicks Paul Konchesky and Shaun Newton may feature for the visitors, while Alan Pardew is a former Charlton player and was at one time tipped as the natural successor to Curbs.

Our record at home in the Premiership against West Ham has been a good one, winning two and drawing two, one of those a 4-4 scoreline. There are therefore grounds for at least some optimism with the Sub-Standard tipping the Addicks for a rare home win.

One consequence of the Newcastle postponement was that Danny Murphy cannot play tomorrow. If he is fit, I would favour Smertin as a replacement. If available, I would play both Thomas and Rommedahl as one of our weaknesses against Arsenal was a lack of width. I would stick with 4-4-2 and keep Bartlett up front with Bothroyd on the bench if available. I still prefer Kishishev to the alternatives.

Myhre should stay in goal, Hreidarsson at left back and Luke Young on the right, of course. The central pairing is more difficult with Sorondo likely not to be fit. I would bring in Perry and probably risk Fortune again, although Spector gave a good account of himself in his normal central defender position and should be on the bench. El Karkouri just looks like too big a risk to me. If he is available, I would have Lloyd Sam on the bench.

Shock ACMA announcement

The Association of Canine Match Analysts have announced the suspension of senior match analyst Hooch the Pooch who has been associated with Charlton's run of poor results. He will be replaced by lucky labrador Homer the Cherry Hound from Chilton, Oxon.

The companion feline organisation has suspended Hiss of the Match analyst Juneau the Soccer Cat for repeated bad language used against house guest Arthur Hands and the ginger moggie, a familiar face in many central Leamington offices until his owners moved, will take on the role.

Homer the Cherry Hound has invited us back to Chilton after the match for New Year celebrations, so the usual match report will be delayed.


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