Thursday, 30 October 2014

Wednesday ahead

After what seems like two weeks, we finally have another match approaching in the shape of a home game against Sheffield Wednesday. Following the disappointments of Craven Cottage it will be good to get back to the Valley, especially if we can muster anything approaching a full team. Wednesday are doing well enough under Stuart Gray and sit three points behind us in the table.

It looks like Johan Berg Gudmundsson will be fit enough to start and there is hope that Igor may also be ready although I am guessing he might start on the bench. After his spirited and more incisive showing at Fulham, I hope to see Charlton-boy Karlan Ahearne-Grant get a start and open his account which would give him a huge confidence boost.

Wednesday will, no doubt, bring another lunking side down to try and dominate the physical contest and I am looking forward to seeing Stevie May in the flesh. My Aberdeen pals are big fans of Stevie and I am hoping TBH and Bikey can shackle him.

Elsewhere this week, news of two former Addick strikers. Big Chris Iwelumho has hung up his boots at the same time that Bradley Wright-Phillips is lined up to collect the Golden Boot in the MLS. Big Chris made his mark at Charlton but he was hardly prolific. He went on to be one of those strikers who was recruited by a whole host of clubs for a short period as they tried to strike it lucky. His goal ratio of one in five was sadly never enough for anyone to hang onto him long enough even if he did manage one shy of 500 appearances. For me I will never forget his costly howling miss as a substitute for Scotland against Norway on his international debut which cost us world cup qualification. Harsh on Chris but that's what people will remember him before, in a similar way to the brilliant Peter Bonetti.

Bradley Wright-Wright-Wright on the other hand must be very happy with life at the moment. He failed to cut it for us in the Championship and I was disappointed to see him leave. He took a contract with the New York Bulls for barely living wage in the States and the promise of big bucks per goal. That has paid off handsomely as he has just equalled the MLS scoring record of 27 in a season - go Bradley!

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