Saturday, 24 January 2015

Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 v Charlton Athletic 0

Well, that was a pleasant and very unexpected surprise. Either the players were truly embarrassed by the "worst performance in recent history" last week at Watford and were determined to atone, or perhaps Guy Luzon has managed to instil a touch of New Boss syndrome. I sincerely hope it's the latter because there is an outside chance we might manage our first win in 13 next Saturday when lowly Rotherham visit the Valley.

Surprised to see network rookie Dmitrovic start in goal although he kept a clean sheet so I will keep my cynicism to myself (RD's network player policy). Etheridge might have conceded five at Watford but according to those who went, he kept five out as well. Morgan Fox was brought in at left-back, which plays to RD's "youth" theme and Johnnie Jackson made way for new loanee Veljkovic, who had a decent match alongside Buyens by all accounts. Upfront Harriott was preferred to Tony Watt, although Watt did replace him on seventy minutes. 

Scoring remains our real big issue. Six goals in the last twelve games tells it's own story. The fact that we have only managed to go two-up in a game for eight minutes all season might be as reflective of our hitherto defensive mindset but it goes hand-in-hand with low scoring. We have only managed to score more than two in a game once - the 3-2 defeat of Derby, the same match we managed to get a two goal cushion for eight minutes.

Apparently we defended well for the first-half with two banks of four and were a little more adventurous after the break with Hariott and Watt both testing Carl Ikeme in the home goal. The Valley crowd has been stoked a little by this Mr Luzon, so please do whatever you can try and that elusive win. I will wager that scoring three against the side fourth from bottom would guarantee it.

I can finish without commenting that I am very surprised to see Millwall end the contract of Scott McDonald. According to those I know who follow the Lions, he's the only forward they have capable of playing Championship football. Perhaps HMP Holloway is already preparing for next season. 

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