Monday, November 06, 2006

Can Iain Dowie make history?

Can Iain Dowie make history at Chesterfield tomorrow and get Charlton beyond the fourth round of the league cup? The Spireites have already dispatched two Premiership teams, hence for those who like to read results off the tables, it would seem that the Addicks would be an even easier target.

There seems remarkably little discussion of the visit of Charlton on the Chesterfield message boards I looked at. Indeed, the main theme seemed to be 'are we going down?' The one Charlton related theme started with a complaint from a fan who lives near The Valley and wished it was an away fixture.

Darren Bent is so essential to our Premiership survival plans that I would rest him tomorrow and play Hasselbaink and Big Bent up front. A cup game against lower league opposition is the sort of occasion when Bryan Hughes thrives and I would start him. It might also be the sort of game when Kishishev should start. Myhre will probably be given an outing in goal. [It has been suggested elsewhere that he is injured so it could be Andersen].

It will be my first visit to Saltergate and I will be sharing a bench (the seated accommodation on offer) with Brian Cole who always reminds me that he goes to see Charlton play in the ground rather than the ground itself.

Hooch the Pooch has been named as match analyst and the lack of arrangements for dog reporters in the cramped press facilities has led to the provision of a special touchline kennel. Because of work commitments, it may be late on Wednesday before a match report is filed.

I am forecasting a 2-1 win for the Addicks.


Blogger beauzo said...

I'd agree on the selections you suggest. As giddy a prospect as the 4th round of the league cup may be for us addicks there are more pressing matters at hand. I'd also be inclined to bring in the likes of Darren Ambrose and maybe Omar Pouso, partly because they will benefit from the inclusion but also because Charlton cannot afford to risk over-exerting the likes of Matt Holland and Jerome Thomas, who's contributions to last week's win were crucial and will be needed again at Wigan. There are very few options at the back beyond perhaps a young left back. The more regular '1st choice' players can of course be introduced from the bench should a goal be required in the final quarter of the game. I'd like to hear that Hughes, Ambrose, big Bent and (bigger) Jimmy had turned in a thoroughly professional performance to give our Ian plenty of selection headaches before Saturday. Come on you Reds.

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