Thursday, 14 February 2013

Two biggest castles

Over the next week our inconsistent side face two of the most daunting away trips of the season (if you can discount Millwall, and I do). On Saturday we head up the east coast of England to face second-placed Hull City and follow it on Tuesday evening with a trip to the whatever Leicester City are now calling their Walkers Crisps stadium.

The Tigers have a 9-2-4 record and Leicester 11-2-2. Our away form is pretty good, as we know, so we can't just write these matches off, tempting though that is. Having beaten the Foxes at the Valley in our first home match of the season, we shouldn't be overawed although they put up a decent performance that night and left feeling they deserved something from the game. Four days later we held Hull to a nought-nought. A repeat showing in both games is probably too much to hope for and we may need to recover at home against Forest a week on Saturday, although given our home form, perhaps Hull and Leicester are bigger opportunities?

I am looking forward to the Forest match. It will be an opportunity for some pay-back following our defeat up there. Former Addicks Andy Reid and Greg Halford will need to be much-better controlled than we managed last time and, in addition to the stick they will likely get, we should reserve plenty for Billy Davies. Let us not forget that this was the man who following an interview for our vacant managerial seat told our Chairman he was popping out for lunch and then switched his phone off and never returned or spoke to us again. I wasn't there, so I don't know what was said that might have put Davies off, but it's very difficult to imagine Richard Murray causing offence. Murray was bewildered by this incident and it reeks of ignorance and bad manners.

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