Charlton's slump continued today with a 1-0 defeat away at Villa today. What was particularly worrying was that it was a defeat against a side who were themselves poor and won victory with a snatched goal. Charlton's first half performance was particularly insipid and the Addicks only really came to life after they went 1-0 down, but at the cost of losing their shape.
The side missed Rommedahl, presumably injured or ill, who would have tormented the Villa defence while Murphy had to start on the bench, presumably because he was carrying an injury.
My notes on this game are less extensive than usual, because there was so little that was worth writing about. Villa won a succession of early corners and Darren Bent put a cross in across the face of the Villa goal, but there was no one there to connect with it. When Charlton did win a corner, Thomas's effort was poor. The Herminator put in a good tackle. A Villa free kick led to a Villa corner which Andersen punched out. Chris Powell put in a good block. A Villa corner was cleared by Holland. Andersen made a great save at close range.
Villa won a free kick in a dangerous position which led to a corner. Andersen punched the ball out. A Charlton error led to another Villa corner, but their effort went over. Villa's shooting was woeful, but they were more in control of the game than Charlton.Half-time: Villa 0, Addicks 0
Lisbie came on in place of Ambrose. Two Villa free kicks in succession went way over. A Holland error placed Charlton in danger. A free kick against the Herminator was caught by Andersen. A Charlton corner was wasted.
Murphy was brought on in place of Kishishev. After some frantic action in front of the goal, with the ball coming off the upright, Andersen was left exposed and Davis scored for the home side. After that Charlton were chasing the game and were often placed in danger by Villa counter attacks. This was one of those matches where there was very little that was positive to take away from a Charlton perspective.Match analysisHooch the Pooch
considered not awarding the Silver Bone
at all, but in the end it went to Alexi Smertin
who showed real skill in running with the ball. The critics of Andersen
will no doubt have a field day, but he made an excellent save in the first half. Unfortunately for the goal he seemed too preoccupied with the fact that he thought he had been fouled just beforehand, leading to a yellow card for dissent. [Apparently I got the yellow card wrong, but the referee was certainly not happy with him. It's not always easy to see the other end through a net]. Young
was one of the better Charlton players, getting forward in attack and covering well in defence. Powell
sometimes lacks the necessary pace to deal with a threat, although he did make some good interventions. El Karkouri
was competent enough without really imposing himself on the game. Hreidarsson
was again one of the better Charlton players, thinking about what he did with the ball which many Charlton players failed to do. Kishishev
harried the Villa players, breaking up their attacks. OK, he made the occasional error, like giving away a free kick, and he could have showed more confidence in front of goal, but he did contribute. [Having accumulated five yellow cards, he will now be out for a match anyway, giving us a chance to see if someone else - El K? - can fill his boots].Holland
was poor, giving the ball away more than once. Ambrose
was creative and was missed when he had to be withdrawn at half time. Thomas
had flashes of inspiration, but his crossing was poor for a winger. Bent
had relatively few chances to shine and when he did often lacked support. Lisbie
made a few decent flick ons, but lacks sufficient physical presence to impose himself on the game as a striker. Murphy
did his best when he came on, but almost tried too hard. Perry
had a cameo, it is a shame he was not on from the beginning.Hiss of the Match
This was given by Juneau the Soccer Cat
to the diving cheater Baros
who eventually even tried the referee's patience and got a yellow card.Crowd rating
The Addickted were very subdued which is not surprising given the fare provided for them. At least there were a couple of attempts at humour: 'Twenty-eight quid? You're having a laugh' and 'Will you sing a song for us?' 3/10