Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Hat-trick for Bowyer

Lee Bowyer's rejuvenated Charlton side made it three-in-a-row with a 3-1 win over play-off rivals Rotherham at the Valley yesterday. The win propels the Addicks back into the top six with a game in hand and there is a growing confidence we can make the play-offs and arrive as the form team.

A number of long-standing Charlton-supporting mates were in touch with me over the weekend to let me know they would be making a return for yesterday's match, which is a sure sign that Lee Bowyer has finally managed to do what most of his predecessors under Duchatelet have failed to do - win some bloody games playing decent attacking football. We weren't as commanding or convincing yesterday as we have been in the two previous matches but Rotherham are strong play-off contenders and we still beat them with something to spare. 

There is no sign of this fabled takeover and you really have to wonder what on earth is going on. Can it really take this long to dot the i's and cross the t's? Let's hope Duchatelet isn't again playing silly-buggers over the deal. It would be particularly unfortunate if the resurgence under Bowyer has got him again looking for his pound of play-off flesh. 

Rumours abound that Harry Kewell may be appointed as part of any takeover. That would be harsh on Bowyer and potentially costly for new owners who should 'ride the wave' in the hope Bowyer can get us up. That's not to say Harry Kernel couldn't do it but it would be an unnecessary risk, in my opinion.

News too that the club were close to £70m in debt on the back of last year's report and accounts just published. A timely reminder of the horlicks Duchatelet and Meire have made of things in the four years they have been here. Home gates halved, the club relegated and, until lately, a bang-average looking League One side. I have said it before and will say it again, I really hope Duchatelet suffers the indignity of a whopping loss he deserves when the club is finally sold. It may be a drop in the ocean for billionaire but a material loss will underline just what a mess he has made of our football club and prove just how right our supporters were to fear the worst in 2015 and begin the protest movement that has finally seen him throw the towel in.

It was another good betting day for me yesterday. I did a five role accumulator which was reduced to four when the Bradford v Walsall game was postponed. After about an hour I had Charlton 3-0, Southend 4-0, Peterborough 2-0 and Shrewsbury 3-1. Comfortable in all and offering me a decent cash-out. Oxford then pulled another back at Shrewsbury and I decided to take the £432 on offer as I didn't want the possibility of Karl Robinson spoiling my day once again. I should have known better on held on for another ton.

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