Not a bad Saturday at all for Addicks fans. Of the five around us, Bournemouth blew it at home to Hartlepool, Brighton lost the lead at Huddersfield to be beaten again, Wednesday romped home against Bristol Rovers and Colchester could only manage a bore-draw against Yeovil Town. If you add Southampton slipping up at home to Brentford, then not a bad days work all-in-all and surely some motivation for the lads tomorrow?
My pre-season prediction of Brighton, Huddersfield and Southampton isn't looking too shabby as things stand but I am warming to our chances on the back of what is the most unlikely looking unbeaten run which should reach 12 games tomorrow. We are 20-odd games in if you include the cup and we haven't had a thoroughly impressive 90 minutes yet and we find ourselves competing strongly for the automatic places. If we can up that level of performance in the second half of the season, we could end up skating it. If we can't, then I don't see us having enough for automatic promotion and we will do well to finish in the play-offs.
Tomorrow is a classic Charlton banana-skin. Every time we have a game like this I kick myself for not having backed our opponents and swear I won't make the same mistake next time. Trouble is, Walsall are such a rubbish side that I can't bring myself to lay-off anything on them. If we are going to batter anyone at home this season, tomorrow is the one.
Already I am looking ahead to next week when eight of the top ten are away. Hartlepool's win today at Bournemouth should set them up for next weekend but it could also work in our favour if they are a tad more relaxed after winning three unexpected points.
Before then, of course, it's Brentford in the JPT, a match which they should be favourites for. After our winning performance at Luton, I don't see why we shouldn't have serious expectations of making it to the southern section final. Speaking of Luton, I picked up my Spurs tickets this morning. It felt strange seeing our name printed on match tickets against Premier League opposition.