Friday, 7 March 2014

Cars, vans and coaches

Other than for those who are planning to make a weekend of it, the vast majority of the five and a half thousand Charlton fans (200 more tickets received this week) heading to south Yorkshire for the big one, will be doing so on the motorway.

Given the early kick-off, that will mean an early start and an M1 full of Addicks leap-frogging their way north. There will be limited pre-match drinking time and I am guessing the vast majority will head straight back after the game either to forget the whole thing or to be settled with their friends and family with a libation as the draw is made for the semi-finals. Having said that, what price a draw and a bumper Valley gate? We did surprisingly well to sell-out so quickly for Bramall Lane but I am left wondering whether we could attract 27,000 for a replay on a night game?

The Sporting Life's pundit thinks the Addicks are good value for another away win and I think he's on the money.

I reckon the result could also determine whether the manager's contract negotiations swing his way or whether Roland Duchatelet hardens his position over the "footballing issues" that remain the stumbling block between the pair. I'm backing Powell to stick to his guns. It's a huge part of what makes him a potentially great manager and, I assume, why his rag-tag squad battle on with so much spirit. He's fighting their corner and they know it. They are in it together and we will need that at High Noon on Sunday.

Come on you Reds! Give us two days to remember.

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