Saturday, July 22, 2006

Walker role intrigues Addickted

James Walker on a less successful day playing for the Addicks

Charlton clocked up a satisfying 4-1 victory against Millwall at The New Den this afternoon where the home side failed to recycle rubbish into power as happens next door. However, what has intrigued the Addickted about the afternoon is the role of goal scorer and 18-year old England youth international James Walker. Released by the club at the beginning of the summer after a few reserve appearances during last season, he is still training at Sparrows Lane. Perhaps Iain Dowie thinks he deserves a second look?

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink opened the scoring after 11 minutes at the New Den after Lloyd Sam had turned provider with an excellent through ball but Marvin Elliott scored an equaliser, smashing it past Stephan Andersen in the Charlton goal. Darren Ambrose quickly restored the lead with a header after captain Luke Young picked him out with a cross before Talal El Karkouri, back from his stay in the Gulf, and James Walker added a goal each in four second-half minutes to put the game beyond the Spanners.


Blogger Kappacino Kid said...

Not a great fan of friendlies, going to AEK Athens was the first for me for over 20 years, the lure of Dowie and hasselbank took me down to the Den. The first negative was the new back room staff training kit, this yeuchy orange top leaves a lot to be desired in the Prem League fashion stakes and if an order has been placed by the "Super Store" then lets hope its on sale or return basis. That said the pre match warm up showed a much more regimented and enthusiastic routine thatn we had seen under the old regime. For probably the first time in 15 year the charlton manager took part in the warm up, justifying wearing his kit. The backroom staf took a group of players, the main group splitting into two and then the goalkeepers being put rigorously through their paces.

Details on the match are well recorded elsewhere, the 2nd half team being better balanced that the first half, but Euell showing his Charlton form not is Jamaican form and Rommedahl continuing to promise more than he delivered, although he did get a couple of soilid tackles in, so we maybe are developing him as our holding midfiekld player.... maybe not. Simon Walton receioved a good write up by the fans director, but I thought he looked a bit hot headed and may have thrown a sly punch at one stage, looked solid and beefy but maybe a little ponderous as did Sorondo in the 1st half. What was heartening unlike previous years that Dowie is giving the whole squad a run out in pre season (including the mysterious French Dje Dje - who was OK) not just the established seniors and one or two potentials and it looked like any of our youngsters could hold down a place with ease at the level they were playing at (i.e. 1st Div friendly) certainly there were no millwall players i would swap for an addick. Sadly the mindless taunting of the Charlton covered end of the Millwall twits eventualy led to over reaction of the spanners and the old bill got involved, with a few ejections.. how anybody can get het up over a game like this god knows. Anderson had a very good half, whilst Randolph was untroubled, ELK looked good and took his free kick well, Hughes and Holland are not holding midfield players - nuff said.

Overall a good work out, lots of work to be done and the need for that central midfield holding player who will release both Ambrose and JFH.

9:40 AM  

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