Saturday, April 28, 2007

I'm gutted

I'm gutted, writes Erith Addick Paul May after Charlton, reduced to nine men by the end of the match, went down 4-1 at Blackburn. I didn't expect it too be easy, but I didn't expect it to be this bad. The Addickted thousands did their best, but it looks like coaches for Scunthorpe next season.

It was 0-0 at half time after a half in which neither side created much. Charlton's best chance of the half came on ten minutes when Darren Ambrose managed the beat the offside trap and only a challenge from Samba denied Bent a shot. On 23 minutes Pedersen headed over the bar. Then Carson had to deal with an effort by Roberts from the edge of the area.

On 30 minutes Bent scored, but it was ruled offside and probably just was. Blackburn edged the half, but Charlton kept their heads. They put on some more pressure as the half came to an end, although this left them exposed at the bnack. Given that we tend to be goalless draw specialists, I wondered if that was going to be the outcome.

The Addicks started quite brightly after the break and Holland had a chance but managed to put the ball in the side netting.

Carson has been fantastic for us all season, but he made a fatal error in this game. Perhaps the tension got to him. He appeared to be dealing with a drive from Roberts after he had got past El Karkouri but somehow let it slip out of his hands and trickle over the line to put Blackburn 1-0 ahead on 60 minutes. It was a bit reminiscent of Deano against a bottom of the table Swindon.

Four minutes later Thatcher managed to get himself off, after showing his combative side by making a late tackle on Roberts that earned him his second yellow. On 67 minutes Zheng was brought on in place of Thomas in the hope that he could provide a Chinese cracker.

But then Warnock made a poor header back to Friedel. The ball hit his own crossbar, presenting Darren Bent with an easy equaliser from a header on 71 minutes.

The Herminator then managed to put Blackburn ahead through an interception with his knee of a cross from Pedersen on 77 minutes, Ambrose subsequently being taken off in favour of Rommedahl. Just three minutes later, poor defending by the Addicks allowed Roberts time to turn and shoot under Carson to make it 3-1.

This was a bitter blow for Charlton and it only took another three minutes for sub Derbyshire to find himself unattended by any defenders on the right (Bougherra having replaced Marcus Bent). He shot a fierce drive into the far corner.

Bent hit the bar, but another goal would not have compensated for earlier defensive lapses. The injured El Karkouri had to come off, leaving Charlton to struggle on with nine men.

With West Ham and Sheffield United both winning, Charlton fell to second from bottom. I know that we are only two points behind and that we could rally at home against Tottenham, but it looks like Burnley and Plymouth next season.


Blogger Jack F said...

I still don't feel it's over, there's still sone twists and turns. We have had a good home record recently, but our most recent problem has been scoring, the balance up front has not been right all season and the lack of a second quality striker is now telling. Hopefully Alan Pardew can get it right in the next two games.
We may not be a big club financially but the way the club operates, the relationship with the fans, the community schemes etc show we are a great club and will get eventually the success we deserve.

9:31 AM  
Blogger Kappacino Kid said...

Jack, I admire your optimism, I think our form of recent weeks has ultimately done us in. yes there is a chance, but it is slight. In fact I would like the players to think no longer of safety, but of pride and passion and play with ease and comfort of no longer chasing the rainbow. Maybe if they can get into that relaxed frame they may do something, but as lon g as they are playing in the fear of the drop they have no chance. My worst nightmare, however is a late goal from Judas Defoe that puts us down.

11:21 AM  
Blogger Meldrew66 said...

Let's be positive; a winnable game against Spurs with Fulham likely to lose both of their remaining games and West Ham only drawing against a Bolton side still needing points for Wigan nosediving to defeat against Boro and Sheff Utd.......any 2 out of the 3 will do us...provided we don't lose by more than 2 goals against 'Pool.....the dream's still alive in SE7!!

11:15 AM  

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