Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Charlton Nil v MK Dons 0

Well, the answer to the question I posed after the win at Griffin Park, was no, we couldn't string two wins together for the first time this season. In fact we barely mustered two efforts on goal. So disappointing given our need, the quality of the opposition and home advantage.

MK Dons bossed possession in the first-half without causing Nicky Pope too many problems. Whenever we did get forward the yellow shirts flooded back and they were well organised. It was difficult to see where a goal would come from with Makienok lost alone up front and offering no aerial threat. At least Callum Harriott was trying and he picked up notably after the restart which was the bizarre signal for Riga to take him off and bring Sanogo on. Cue a chorus of "you don't know what you're doing,"

We continued to play with much more pace but repeatedly failed to get crosses and corners above the first yellow shirt. Bergdych came on for Makienok who couldn't wait to get off to stop the cheers for his substitution. The ref didn't help the flow of the match, repeatedly stopping play before Charlton set pieces and calling players towards him for a telling off.  There was also a strange sequence of MK players dropping to the deck off the ball looking for free-kicks and penalties. That was also to lead to the evening's final drama as Sonogo earned a red card in added time for an off-the-ball incident which left another yellow shirted opponent on the floor. Silly boy because that's ruined his loan move.

So, ten matches left and Boro up next. They lost to Rotherham this evening which means to avoid the drop we need to make up seven points on them and eight on MK. I can only see the gap getting bigger and us being relegated with five matches left to play.

The crowd this evening was predictably poor. Only a few hundred visitors and the home stands only a third full. The yardstick was the Jackpot Ticket first prize which was, I think, a record low of £198. Katrien, when I won it, the first prize was £1700. Good luck with Target 20,000 but my money's on you hitting Target 5000 first.

Time to focus on doing whatever we can do to raise the temperature against the Regime and get Duchatelet to sell up.

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