Thursday, 24 September 2015

Crystal Palace 4 v Charlton Athletic 1

Very predictable match in SE25 this evening as we were second-best to our Premiership rivals.

I said pre-match I didn't care what the line-up was, but I wasn't expecting to start with none of our three first choice strikers. That made things kind of hard from the off and try as they did, it was like throwing buns to bears.

Kashi was absent from midfield and we had the first centre-back pairing of Diarra and Sarr. What could go wrong?

Palace should have been in front by half-time. Only several poor misses kept things level and we really needed a change at the break. None was forthcoming and it was no surprise when Palace took the lead early in the second half. They continued to press and Saha was upended for a penalty shortly after which sent me for the exit. I had lost two of my mates in the 500 people queue to get in but met both on the early exit. 

We heard the roar for our consolation goal but it was loud enough to suggest it was Palace's third. Waiting on the platform for a London Bridge train, we learnt of our fate and were glad we were on our way.

Final judgement on this evening should probably wait until after Saturday's league game at Cardiff but it looks like Guy Luzon has got things wrong and that his options are limited. Vetokele didn't make the squad again today and Simon Makienok was sitting just over from me. Ahearne-Grant and McAleny cannot be relied upon to score goals in the Championship, let along against Premier League opposition.

I can't see where our next win is coming from....


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