Date: 17th November 2015 at 11:31am
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The divide between our first team and those from the Academy could not be more distant. Judging by what the first team has achieved this season could not be more different to that of the youngsters coming through the Academy. They have shown their professional counterparts how score and win games with passion and plenty of determination that has sadly been lacking. I`m of cause referring to the recent exploits at home and away from our up and coming youngsters.

Pride and passion plays a large part in football, lose these two main ingredient and the players discipline and play becomes disjointed and any flowing football that has in the past been their trade mark goes straight down proverbial passage to nowhere. Our first team has lacked ambition, drive, belief, and team spirit which are all part of a successful football team. However, our Academy starlets of the future have up to now not shown any of those bad points, in fact I go as far to say, they could not do any worse by representing us with some of the players that make up the under 18 and 21 to the first team.

Have I over stretched a point. I know one or two have been part of the first team I hear you say. Quite right. Karlan Ahearne-Grant and Ademola Lookman have both featured in the Addicks first team. But like all up and coming players, they are still learning their trade and to bring them into the mix too soon could damage them, they are better served in the Academy system until such time when they are ready to mix it with the big boys. From what I have seen, I`m feeling confident and I hope I`m sharing my hope for the future with all who love the club.

I`m also very reassured when I see and read game reports that give substance to my belief that the future might just be looking a little brighter. Take the game recently played at Sparrows Lane against Brentford. Last season as I recall the under 18s beat the bees 1-0 at their own patch Griffin Park. Very good achievement in anyone book. But this time round they went one better, in fact 8 goals they put past their London rivals. Big stakes last time out secured the play-off-final that saw the Addicks claim the title. The London rivals were no match for the Addicks who secured a 6 goal lead before half-time. Playing with conviction and pride the Addicks were 1-0 up within three minutes of the start. One nil became two with another fine move on seven minutes.

The first team should take some heart from the Academy performances. The never say die attitude must be something they should bring into the game, not just one off, but every game from now on. These relentless young Addicks are giving 100% each time they are in action. Pride means the wearing of the shirt. Play to your ability and the goals will come. The Academy boys have proved this. To score 8 goals is no mean feat. The youngsters took the game to Brentford and came away with epithetic victory which has now placed them on top with a game in hand. Well done lads.

The other game that has drawn my attention was the one played by our over twenty ones at Bristol City Failand. This one did feature two players who have had some first team experience. Karlan Ahearne-Grant and Ademola Lookman. Just like the under 18s, passion and pride infused with good understanding from all the players taking part, to grind out a result away from home is a good achievement. Grant it appears was the main player in this encounter scoring two goals, one from the penalty spot and the other from a pass fashioned from Josh Umerah.

Ademola Lookman also showed some good skills something he did when introduced playing in the first team. Like our first team slackness will be punished. The second half the Addicks were guilty of some unusual rare mistakes and got punished. Bristol City became more physical, marked tighter giving less room for the Advancing Addicks. Leaving yourself wide open at the back will spell disaster. Sometimes a three goal lead is never enough. So it proved to be the case. In a spell of one minute, the three goal advantage was reduced to just one. Just like our professional counterpart`s complacency in a game can be costly. Just when you think you are cruising you suddenly get a bruising and a bloody nose for not watching where the blows are coming from. Our first team has suffered this far too many times already this season.

Birmingham City are our components this Saturday at St Andrews. The form book don`t paint a good picture for this venue. Forget the form book. Our last game proved we have what it takes to win a game. Just because we are away and probably the under- dogs, does not mean we have to go into these ninety minutes fearing the worse. Show some grit and determination that was present in our last home game, then who knows how this game will pan out. Do us a favour. Bring home the bacon so we can fry -up some more of the same against the televised game at the Valley, hosting Ipswich.

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