Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Chesterfield 0 v Charlton Athletic 4

Charlton won this with something to spare after Bradley Wright-Phillips broke the deadlock just before the break tapping home from a Green effort that come down off the bar. 

Tommy Lee in the home goal had made a fine save earlier to prevent Yann Kermorgant heading an opener and he was kept busy after the break as Charlton stretched the game and added goals. Wright-Phillips may have tapped in the first but he slotted the second after running onto a ball off Jackson's head. Jackson himself scored the third and the fourth was credited as an own goal, although Danny Green did most of the work by the sounds of it (and made a significant contribution for a change).

Clarke and Cort came on together after 70 minutes to give Kermogant and Morrison an early bath. 

The talk around the match was of 21 scouts (8 Premier League) being at the game this evening casting their beady green eyes over our starlets. Only to be expected given the size of our building lead over the competition and the possible chances of snapping up a future Premiership player a million or two cheaper than they might be forced to pay should this side start to cut it in the Championship. 

Money talks of course, but it will be fascinating to see if we can hold this squad together in the Summer. There has been no large scale financial backing and the suspicion at the back of some minds is that we might need to take profits at opportune moments. The alternative view, of course, is that there is big money backing the club, in which case, no need to cash in.

Big shout out to the noisy 610 up there this evening. There will be three times that at least there on Saturday at Bournemouth and I can't wait.

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