The real passion for Charlton fans begins with the newly launched Valley Pass that replaced the now defunct CAFC Player. Many would have heard about this new way of listening and exploring by-gone years with footage and interviews from past managers as well as the present one.
Instead of just listening to all games that the old system provided, Valley Pass has opened up a bright new future for all supporters of all ages who can now keep in touch with events and games of our team going back twenty years. I`m looking forward exploring the archives for past games such as the Wembley play-offs against Sunderland where we were victorious. This was hailed the most entertaining match ever to be staged between the twin towers. It also signalled our entry to the big times that is the Premiership.
The Addicks need to up the ante if they are going to imitate their predecessors that staged a serious attack towards the championship and premiership. It is of no use being dominant for just one half of the game if the second half produces a lack-lustre performance that had us not competing in the way that will produce a championship contender at the very least.
This performance reached out for a striker. Magennis is not a natural goal scorer. He lacks composure in the final third that sometimes makes him look very clumsy. The first period had Plymouth chasing the game. Jake Forster-Caskey came close to opening the scoring but saw his effort headed off the line by Ryan Edwards. Chances created as a consequence of the Addicks enjoying most of the play by moving the ball around swiftly and coming forward with intent. But chances were wasted that should have had the Pilgrims out of sight.
The Addicks have the potential to beat any team in this division. It was sad to see evidence from this performance that the team, especially in the second period, lacked understanding. Passes that found their mark went astray which opened up a new approach from the Pilgrims to take the game to the Addicks. In crept an old problem from last season. Sideways passing, horribly misplaced crosses and an attitude reminiscent that many hoped had been well and truly buried.
How many times last season did we switch off in the second period? This stance was mirrored again against a Plymouth side who were new to the third tier. The Addicks were their own worst enemy. Frailty in defence again exposed a weakness that punished the Londoners on 53 minutes. The simplest of routines, as Edwards peeled away from his man to head back into the heart of the box. With the Addicks defence motionless it invited Jervis to convert.
A lesson in finishing was the order of the day. Plymouth were not going to sit on the one goal advantage. Skewing horribly wide and Sarcevic flashing his attempt just wide showed Robinson`s men just how to control a game and make use of the possession created. At least while Argyle was missing open chances there still remained hope that the Addicks could find an equaliser. Entering into the last fifteen minutes, the Addicks` inability to deliver a testing ball had almost vanished. Charlton were further punished in the final minute of the game by the same player, Jervis. His strike from the edge of the box sealed a miserable return to Devon for Robinson`s men.
The answer to Charlton`s demise is simple. Take your chances when on top. Don`t allow the opposition the advantage by only playing the first half with any conviction. A game of football consist of ninety minutes of constant awareness and composure. Slack and pay the price. Not a disaster by any means, but nevertheless some concern on how we have not learned from last season`s mistakes. Get a grip you Addicks, it is a long season.