Monday, 20 February 2017

Tex wants more game time

Jorge Teixeira would like more game time. He was sidelined under Russell Slade, although there was speculation at the time that that was because he was being prepared for sale. He has got more action under Karl Robinson, but not as many starts as he would like: Teixeira

I think he has a case. He is a committed player who can score goals as well as defend.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Three draws in four games

Charlton drew 3-3 at Rochdale yesterday, their third draw in four games, enabling them to secure thirteenth place in the table. Manager Karl Robinson said that the chances the Addicks had missed in the first half had been criminal.

Niall Canavan's opener was cancelled out by Jordan Botaka, while Jorge Teixeira put Charlton ahead before the break before Calvin Andrews' leveller. Substitute Nathaniel Mendez-Laing gave the home side the lead again, but Teixeira got his second just before full time.

Rochdale went ahead after four minutes following an error by Declan Rudd. He failed to claim McDermott's free kick, allowing Canavan to tap home. However, Rudd did well on 25 minutes with a diving save to keep out Andrews' header.

Five minutes from the break Botaka broke free and though his effort hit the post, he made no mistake with the rebound.

Substitute Stephy Mavididi ran past several home players in a 66th minute run, only to be denied by Wilson. From the corner Bauer nodded down for Teixeira to give the Addicks the lead. Once again Charlton showed they could not hold on to a lead when Henderson's cross was headed past Rudd by Andrew.

Mendez-Laing put a curling shot past a diving Rudd on 84 minutes but Bauer nodded down for Teixeira to score the equaliser two minutes from the end.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Testing time for Robinson

Criticism of Karl Robinson is mounting with his record at the helm of Charlton no better than that of Russell Slade. Both his formations and team selection are open to doubt: Fading hopes

The underlying problem is that, taken collectively, the team are really not good enough to maintain a sustained play off challenge. Tomorrow at the Crown Oil Arena (aka Spotland) they face a Rochdale side who have had a dip in form recently, but are still ahead in the table (9th). In the form table they are 21st while Charlton are 10th.

Rochdale have been relaying their pitch this week after it deteriorated and was no longer conducive to the quality football to which they aspire.

No surprise that the bookies have Rochdale as clear favourites: Rochdale 5/4, Draw 23/10, Charlton 11/5.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Unbeaten run comes to an end

Charlton's unbeaten run came to an end with a 1-0 defeat at Oldham tonight. The home side went ahead with a snap shot on four minutes. Charlton managed to win 16 corners over the game, but were unable to convert any of them into a goal. They were unable to repeat the feats of their recent opponents by scoring a last gasp equaliser. The Addicks stay in 13th place in League One.

There were four changes in the side with Magennis starting up front, Mavididi making his first start, Forster-Caskey and Botaka starting in midfield.

Magennis had a great chance to score in the opening minute. He was one on one with the keeper, but put the ball over the bar. Banks then scored for Oldham from 20 yards.

Rudd saved well from McLaughlin on 11 minutes. After an uninspiring opening phase, Charlton did apply some pressure in the middle part of the half, but then faded again. A tackle from Konsa halted a run from Erin on 32 minutes.

Early in the second half a Magennis header was just wide. Botaka, who had not been that prominent, was replaced by Holmes on 58 minutes. Forster-Caskey put the ball over from 30 yards. A Konsa tackle halted an Oldham break. A free kick was conceded on the edge of the box, but the shot went over the bar.

Solly was hauled down in the box and there was a clear claim for a penalty. Forster-Caskey was replaced by Watt. Rudd saved well from Taylor. Novak replaced Mavididi who had been lively. A Bauer header from a corner was tipped over the bar. A Novak volley was caught by the keeper.

Six minutes were added on, but by then Karl Robinson was thumbing through his big book of excuses. He put it down to poor finishing: Broken record

Report from Louis Mendez here: Play off hopes badly hit

Monday, 13 February 2017

It's Shezurrection at Oldham

The Times has a full page interview with Oldham manager John Sheridan ahead of tomorrow's clash with Charlton at Boundary Park. It's his third stint with the club, having saved them from relegation last season, so fans are hoping for another 'Sherzurrection'.

On Saturday their 3-2 win over Coventry City was a fourth win in seven games since Sheridan's return, one more win than Oldham had previously managed in the league all season, lifting them out of the relegation zone.

Writer Gregor Robertson describes Sheridan as 'one of a dying breed in football with an edge, nasty streak, fire in the belly, or whatever phrase you care to use, for whom winning seems to mean that little bit more, and whose drive to succeed can shake the very bones of those around him.'

Sheridan is not afraid to tell officials what he thinks of them. During a short stint at Notts County, he called Eddie Ilderton a 'disgrace' and 'useless', adding that his kids 'wouldn't get any ****ing Christmas presents because of ****ing you.' He then told the fourth official, 'You really are a c***. I'm gonna knock you out, you c***.'

Sheridan explained, 'It's just a winning mentality, trying to push us over the edge and get a result.'

Following an ankle injury, on form Charlton midfielder Jake Forster-Caskey is a doubt for tonight's game: Injury doubt

Odds: Oldham 29/20, Draw 21/10, Charlton 2/1.

Results in earlier years: 2009/10 Oldham 0 Charlton 2; 2010/11 Oldham 0 Charlton 0; 2011/12 Oldham 0 Charlton 1.

Late goals a big problem for Addicks

Conceding late goals is a big problem for the Addicks. Without them in their last two matches they would be two points off the play off places with two games in hand. Karl Robinson thinks it's a mentality rather than a fitness problem: Costly concessions

Stunning start by Charles-Cook

On loan Charlton midfielder Regan Charles-Cook made a stunning start to his spell at Solihull Moors, helping them to a 3-0 home win over FA Cup giant killers Sutton United.

On 90 seconds a jinking run took him into the area and although his shot was saved, Shepherd Murombedzi pounced on the loose ball and fed Charles-Cook who tucked the ball into the net. Charles-Cook then netted his second on the stroke of half time. Afolayan turned in Charles-Cook's cross on 70 minutes to complete the scoring.

Moors boss Liam McDonald said of Charles-Cook, 'He's high energy and athletic and he can play football. But he also knows when to express himself and when to keep it.'

Charles-Cook celebrates his 20th birthday this week.