Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Charlton Athletic 1 v Bradford City 1

Yet another 1-1 draw, although this one was more predictable coming from the divisions' two draw specialists. From those who were there, it was also one of our better performances against a lively City side, especially in the second-half when we actually went out all for the three points. Novak and Watt both missed great chances at 1-1 after Tex had fired us in front. If only we still had a gifted young finisher at the club....

Saturday's game at Bramall Lane looks a lost cause before we return to the Valley to face Milton-bloody-Keynes for about the tenth time this season. All of the previous games have been tight-knit and Robinson will be hoping we can have the last laugh against the side who sacked him most recently. We probably only need another four points, so that would be the perfect opportunity to put ourselves within a result of safety. We really wouldn't want to face the last four games against other sides fighting for survival if we still need several points.

On a brighter note, it would appear that Roland Duchatelet may now be seriously reconsidering his previous kite-flying sale price and is finally preparing to cut his losses. The club's FD has made a rare visit to Belgium this week which bodes well. If this is the beginning of the end, the Unity Protest to St. Truiden will have proven to be the straw that broke the stubborn mule. With that in mind, I'd love to see another, more ambitious return to Belgium pencilled in for pre-season when we can heap more opprobrium on the disastrous Belgians if they haven't left the sinking ship by then. That might help focus minds on the task in hand.

I couldn't muster any enthusiasm once again this evening and didn't want to even add even one more to Meire's gate. If Bradford hadn't brought such a healthy, expectant following, this evening's official gate would have been 8000-odd. Once again, actual Charlton numbers attending were much closer to the diehard 5,000.

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