man city home. what was the score? won 1-0
Who would have thought that Charlton, Watford, Sheffield United and West Ham would all win over the weekend, but win they did and although it was disappointing, it does drag others into the party such as Newcastle and Boro, and leave Reading, Man City and Blackburn all looking in their rear mirrors.
Newcastle haven't won in 7, and they have the UEFA cup to occupy them, where strangely they remain unbeaten. Reading are starting to stutter and Blackburn are also in a losing Premiership sequence and are exerting energy in Europe also.
We, however, are on a tiny bit of a role. The defence has been awesome, helped by some luck and the wonderful heroics of Scott Carson, oh to be able to keep him at The Valley. Dowie's vision of playing two wide men alternating on the wings, with Reid in a free role behind Bent is also starting to show some fruition. Yes, we are still bottom, but we are still trying to play, and rather perversely its kind of enjoyable, bloody nail-biting but enjoyable.
Curbishley's stifling safety-first tactics or Dowie's enterprising ones are fuel for any Addick orientated conversation but we knew it would be different, and different it is and I for one am relishing it.
One small thing. Who is that idiot who now does the pitch introductions at The Valley? When I came back from the bog to listen to the 2nd half I thought we had scored, only to realise that he was just announcing that "Charlton Athletic" were coming on for the 2nd half.Dowie watch:
ID's three big buys of the summer - Diawara, Faye and Reid are all showing why he spent big money (in Charlton terms) to bring them to The Valley and it was great to hear the crowd sing "Iain Dowie's red and white army"
as he clapped the fans at the end of the match.Quote: "We've worked hard at our defending; we've sat them down and watched the videos. I think it's the sign of a good player that he only needs to be shown once or twice and that's what's happened."Opinions from those that were there: The Times
; Frankie Valley
; New York Addick
; Addicks Diary
; All Quiet