Friday, 28 November 2014

Two cursed games in a week

After the Curse of the Millwall, we run out at the Valley again tomorrow at lunchtime facing the Curse of Live TV. If we manage to follow the long-established pattern of televised disappointment, just like at Fulham, then we can at least take some comfort that it was to high-flying opponents.

Ipswich are on a very good run at the moment with only on loss in fourteen having settled into the season. Mick McCarthy's boys have also won three of the last four and earned a battling draw against Bournemouth at the Goldsands Stadium on Saturday. Daryl Murphy is firing the goals and having hit 11 to date and will provide an interesting comparison to our own Igor Vetokele. 

Town also moved yesterday to strengthen their attack by bringing Leeds' Noel Hunt in on loan. I expect Hunt to get a spell from the bench tomorrow. There is increasing frustration that we are missing a huge opportunity by not bringing in another attacking option ourselves. 

Tomorrow's match asks big question of Bob Peeters and his squad. Obviously I am hoping they can answer those unequivocally but I fear this could be our first home defeat of the season and perhaps the start of a bumpy patch before we are forced to take some remedial action in January. 

It is a Club SE7 game and I tried to buy tickets yesterday to bring local non-Charlton fans to the match. However, the catch with this is that they need to be seated in the otherwise empty and unattractive viewing seats in the corners of West and North Lower in view of the cameras. Nothing like the old adages that you get what you pay for and that if it looks too good to be true, it probably is. That could have been clear in the promotional information and not disappointed all concerned.

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