Saturday, 26 August 2017

Rotherham United 0 v Charlton Athletic 2

A good away win this against a side who were relegated from the Championship last year. Rotherham missed a sitter after ten minutes and six minutes later Patrick Bauer scored a trademark header from a corner to give the Addicks a lead. 

Semi Ajayi headed wide from six yards out before Josh Magennis netted after 66 minutes. The home crowd were not happy as Proctor was felled in the run up to our goal and he was stretchered off after it. Karl Robinson won't care too much, he has his third win out of four and the Reds are up to fourth in the table. 

It's difficult not to look at your early season wins and reflect that the sides you have beaten aren't doing well in the table but that's as much a result of you denying them any points when they aren't many on the board. Bristol Rovers looked lame when they couldn't beat us with ten men but they have now just won two in-a-row. Northampton look like potential Division whipping boys having lost all four and yet Plymouth, who beat us at Home Park, have managed only a draw and two defeats. If these are signs, then we go to Oldham next week and they sit rock-bottom with Northampton having also lost all four.

However you look at it, it's a four point improvement on last year when we started with that 2-0 loss at promoted Bury, a 1-1 home draw with Northampton before winning at Walsall and drawing with Bolton at the Valley.

If we can strengthen our forward options before the window closes this week, we might just have a chance of being properly competitive this season. If we don't and it bites our bum again this year, there should be no excuses from anywhere about where the responsibility resides. 

2 comments:

Trevor Duncombe said...

I would like to point out that we beat Ipswich 6-1 and look where they are now.

Dave said...

You make my point Trevor. They were beaten at home by Fulham yesterday, who hadn't so far managed a win.