Date: 1st March 2017 at 11:56am
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The Team we might argue from different points of views, probably deserved to finish empty handed at Greenhous Meadows the new home to Shrewsbury Town. I`m trying to get my head around whether our disastrous run of three loses are down to bad defending or just plain bad luck. Having to come back from one down within 12 minutes when Louis Dodd`s fired the Shrews in front is the third time we conceded in the first quarter in the last three games. And each time this occurred we lost the game by a single goal. Last night we went one better. Thanks to Ricky Holmes clinical finishing in open play, and one free kick to savour that gave him the match ball, we managed to score three times and still lost. His tally on the night was three superb strikes one of them the free kick expertly placed to bring the Addicks level.

Charlton started brightly enough and could have gone ahead within the opening exchanges but for the intervention of Shrewsbury`s defence that managed to clear their lines. Not taking our chances has been our main downfall. We have seen this at the Valley many times this season fluffing our chances and paying for it by a quick break-away from the opposing team which was the problem yesterday. Two quick goals after we managed to go in front cost us the three points so desperately needed to give the Addicks a slim chance of the play-offs.

Ricky Holmes was the busiest of players getting his hat-trick and laying on two assist for Novak who failed to convert these too goals. Karl Robinson was critical of some of his players according to some reports, questioning their desire, and promised to make changes for the trip to Northampton on Saturday. Yes this might well be the case, but then again, this should not be news to him for he goes into each game with these players and should by now have some sort of structure in place.

We are reminded again there are structural, tactical and defensive weaknesses in the Addicks losing the lead in the manner they did. Having shown a little in what the team could achieve with some team play, deserved or not, they went into to the interval a goal to the good. This should have galvanised the Addicks to come out for the second period adding to their advantage, instead it was the home side who took full advantage of some dire defending in a space of a few minutes to make the score line 3-2 in their favour.

There should be no excuses for this low key performance. To squander a lead so tamely has to down to tactics and the inability to read the game and make the appropriate challenges especially in midfield where games are won or lost. Allowing an opposing player the room to make a run into our penalty area without so much of a tackle to stop the advance deserves what the outcome brings.

Such a run was made from Whalley who came from wide and travelled half the width of the box without being challenged. Rudd made the initial shot, but no Addick reacted to the rebound. Dodd`s pouncing, and scoring for the second time to regain the Shrews lead.

I`m appalled that certain bloggers are using this performance as the result of the poisons that has swept through the camp from the Duchatelet regime. Rubbish. What is occurring now on the pitch is the makings of our manager who over sees the team, picks the team, sees them play, makes changes as and when needed and has nothing in the slightest to do with the events at the Valley. To openly use this as an excuse in why the players are playing like a load of amateurs is wrong and should not be part of a report off a game in progress.

We lack quality up front. In the past we had and were blessed with some very good finishers. Mendonca more recently. Killer Hales in the seventies. Flannigan who partnered Hales in those early days would never have missed an opening when scoring was the only option. We could add to this list, Hunt, Keith Peacock who had an eye for goal. The list is endless.

Charlton group of players are professionals. Every time they take to the pitch as eleven men against eleven men, they are at the same stage and have the same chance of winning. Excuses in which whatever format they are presented have no place in the writing and therefore should not be used. We all know and so do the whole football world how fans have reacted against their owners. It is now wearing a little thin and it`s best left well alone. Write about the team`s demise by all means, but don`t mix the two together.