Liverpool away. What was the score? 0-2
I purposely waited to write a few lines on the game.
The day before yesterday. I didn't watch it, I was at my parents who only have 4 channels on their telly so we (the whole family are season ticket holders) listened to the commentary on Radio 5 Live, and how we weren't four (our favourite number) down in the first 30 minutes we will never know. Reaching half time without conceding gave us hope whilst the kettle went on.
More of the same after our half time cuppa and then another 30 yarder soon put pay to any hope and my old man turned the radio off and offered to take us out to dinner and that was that.
Home later, the good old teletext (what a wonderful invention that was
) told us the final score and I went to bed because I was bushed.
The Next day. Newspapers, website reports and the bloody message boards got me in a rage. How bad were we? Again. I can't believe Liverpool beat us! Curbishley most go. It's desperate. But hang on, woah there Leslie. Breathe. I turned the computer off.
Today. Feel better in mind if not tired and slightly hungover in body. However I just want to list some facts about our away form:
Shots on target in 6 away games 12, 4 in last 4
Shots off target in 6 away games 18, 11 in last 4
Corners in 6 away games 15, 6 in last 4.
Now I know 2 of the last 4 games were against Arsenal and Liverpool but one was Grimsby in the Cup, which we won and accounts for 2 of the 4 shots on goal in the last 360 minutes.
Now I am most certainly not a Curbishley out man and I don't yet expect us to go to Anfield and win but christ, lets give them a game, maybe even try to force a corner or two. Bolton can do it.
So what's going on? Expectancies have rocketed after last season and the summer spend up, nevertheless the players that have left we desperately miss and the new ones are struggling but what does concern me is that we don't appear to be the "gritty little dogged Charlton"
of 'old'. The ones that Curbishley built, which is a bit of luck really because he is still in charge and only he knows how he did it, so lets get behind the bloody team and believe in them and the manager.
The vast majority of football fans in this country would love Curbishley to be their clubs manager. But he's not theirs, he's ours. He makes decisions that we might not agree with
but what other button do you press when you vote for the greatest manager
in the clubs history on the official site? Exactly, unless you are over 60 years of age its an easy decision. Remember that. Come on you Reds, it's a big week.
Reports from those who were there: Addicks Diary
; Sporting Life
; All Quiet