Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Top versus Bottom

The all-conquering Addicks roll into Chesterfield this evening bidding to increase our points-in-hand margin over third to 15 (over Sheffield Wednesday). Huddersfield are also playing this evening and victory at Stevenage could see them climb above Wednesday and cut our gap to 14 points but that looks a tall order given current form.

Chesterfield is not quite the "gimme" it was a few couple of months back. John Sheridan has brought some focus to the management team and they have moved to change some of the playing staff. That has lead to several wins interspersed with narrow defeats and a draw but this is still a match we should be looking to win.

Avoiding defeat is probably the main aim but we should gamble here for the three points. I remember going to Chesterfield's Recreation Ground in our 80-81 promotion season at a similar time in the season. Killer scored after about ten minutes with a cracking shot from distance which was enough to win the game. If I remember rightly, weather affected a number of games that day and we were joined in the visitors end by fans from two other clubs - Derby and Sheffield Wednesday. 

Incidentally, if you need any convincing about just how much we are dominating this division, back then after 33 games we were top on 68 points and only managed to pick up another 16 points from the last 13 games.  This evening we could be seven clear of that and only three wins short of matching the 84 points we finished on in that promotion season.

I am going for another Red victory tonight. This is a match Bradley Wright-Phillips should relish and after his performance on Saturday I am backing him to win us the match.



Suze said...

Well, as ever my ear will be planted next to the player...and I've tried desperately to keep my counsel on how we're going. (Life has got complicated enough without football). Anyway...my excitement is mounting, anticipation is teetering on the brink...and well...heck...we might just poke some in the eye this season!

Anonymous said...

you've changed your tune!

post-rochdale: 'Chris Powell will tell us it's a long season and you can't them all etc, but I am afraid we look nothing like the side our league position reflects and it needs changing not tolerance.'

and now: 'all-conquering Addicks', '14 points looks a tall order given our current form' and lauding how much we are 'dominating this division.'

good to see the boo boys are back on board!

Anonymous said...

I won't offer your defence Dave. I'm sure you are perfectly capable of that yourself.
But ol' Anonymous there epitomises the section of Charlton supporters to whom, even the faintest criticism of our team/manager/club apparently makes one a 'boo-boy' They really are laughably pathetic.

Dave said...

Anon - I am not a Boo Boy, that's why I am invariably optimistic ahead of games but hard to always see the positive after games when it's plain to see tactical errors or lack-lustre performances. Unless of course you wear rose-tinted glasses!

@daveydanger said...

Sorry, but agree with anon. A lot of fans seem far too quick to point out the negatives. When you wrote that scathing report of the Rochdale game, we were something like 7 points clear and undefeted since NYE. To not be too upset after a below par draw is not exactly rose tinted - just not reactionary and myopic.

Anonymous said...

Good call on BWP.
On the 10:30 from Waterloo sat?
You going?

Dave said...

Anon - 10.35 leaving shortly!