I wasn't at the match, but it is interesting that one lister who was commented that we still weren't playing mid-table football. From the comments of others, and the radio commentary, it would appear that the formation still had some problems. Nevertheless, optimists are now proclaiming four points from the next two matches.
It's true that we have quite a good record against Spurs away. Indeed Spurs supporters amuse me more than any others in the Premiership. If the Haringey club strings a few wins together, they are all over 606 proclaiming that this is the year they will be in the Champions League. Lose a few and they are all moaning that the traditions of one of the country's top five clubs [sic] that won the double have been violated.
We have also managed to beat Liverpool at home, not least last year when we spoilt what was supposed to be a good night out for London scousers. I also remember the 1-0 win when the goal was scored by Keith Jones.
Nevertheless, I would rank the most likely outcomes as:
1. Draw at Spurs, lose to Liverpool (1 point)
2. Draw both matches (2 points)
3. Lose at Spurs, beat Liverpool (3 points)
As it's Charlton, they will probably beat Spurs and lose to Liverpool at home!
In other words we are unlikely to get out of the relegation zone that soon. If we accept that Watford and the Blades are going to go down (and I still think the Blades are a poor side), who will be the third team? Not the Hampsters given all that Icelandic dosh. I think it is possible that the Massives, a team often proclaimed as too big to go down (as they descended to what is really the third division) could be for the drop.
Among all the euphoria there has been little comment at the attendance which was somewhat over 23,000, the smallest at The Valley this season. Remember that season ticket holders are automatically counted whether they are there or not (this is standard practice) so the true figure could have been as low as 21,000. Of course, Rovers brought few supporters for a midweek game in London.
Nevertheless, it should ring alarm bells. Some of the more experimental Valley Express services are on the fringe of viability as it is. Of course, the people who do marketing would say they have no influence on what happens on the pitch, all they can do is market the club as effectively as they can. And when one gets a result like last night, the chants of young supporters in Ransome Walk are a joy to hear, as one leading Valley figure commented.
Because Charlton does a lot of things well such as its community work there is a risk of self-satisfaction and complacency. It's also actually quite a difficult club in which to express any dissent, otherwise you risk getting jumped on by grumpy old men from beechy Bucks. But that's another story.