Saturday, December 03, 2005

Massive match

It's a massive match for Charlton against Manchester City tomorrow. In his 700th game in charge, Alan Curbishley has to halt the slump that has seen the Addicks go from 2nd to the bottom half of the table. Many more defeats and the R-word will start to be used.

The omens against the Massives are not all bad. In our games at home with them in the Premiership, we have won one (4-0), drawn two and lost one. City have lost their last three games away from home.

The Kishishev debate rages on among the fans, but the suspension of the Bulgarian gives a chance to see how we do without him. Smertin is the favourite to take on the holding role, although El Karkouri could be moved forward, but he also seems dangerously error prone these days. I would prefer Hughes rather than Holland to fill the missing place in midfield.

Bent will no doubt continue to be the lone ranger up front, but Bartlett may now be fit enough after his outing in the reserves to be on the bench. I would quite like to see Bent and Bartlett in a 4-4-2.

I would prefer to see the experienced Perry restored to the central defence. Despite his lack of height, his experience enables him to read a game well. Hopefully, Luke Young will have recovered from his illness/injury and be back on the right flank: we don't know how much he contributes until he isn't there. I don't want to see Spector in the team or on the bench: we can do without his steep learning curve on the left. Powell may lack pace, but he is always fully engaged. The other option is to move the Herminator back out to the left and keep El K in central defence.

The Addickted are remarkably charitable about Deano's errors, although he actually contributed more to losing on Wednesday than Kishishev. He has had a long record of service to the club, but I prefer Andersen in goal.

Whatever the combination of players, let's try and get behind them and create a rousing Valley atmosphere.

One last consoling thought: ten years ago we beat Grimsby 2-1 away. Our divergent paths since then reflect the success of the club.


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