1), 2) or 3) which one are you?
Been kinda' of busy to think too deeply about tonight's game. A whole nervousness seems to have settled over Addicks everywhere and fans seemed to have fallen into three categories:
1) resigned to relegation
2) hope that a miracle happens and we survive
3) or the end is nigh and we may as well kill ourselves.
Our plight has made the Wycombe game slightly less important than it really should be. It shouldn't be ignored that making the last 8 for the first time was a fine achievement by Dowie in his 15 games at the helm. Les Reed is correct in saying that a win tonight should have a positive effect on all Charlton parties, and my do we need some of that. A defeat would not be the end of the world but surely the fans camped in 2) above will have a very lonely existence.
I was wondering on the way to work this morning what sort of team Reed would put out. There's No Young
for 6 weeks (just in time for him to sign for West Ham then!) and no Andy Reid.
The trouble with guessing a line up is that in the 6 games Reed has been in charge of selection he has played a midfield four (at Reading), a midfield five with Reid in the hole (against Sheffield Utd and Everton), a diamond shape at home to Blackburn and away miserably at Tottenham and then on Saturday four again but with Reid stuffed out wide.
Sam has played up front as has M Bent for a time, and Hasselbaink, only the back four has had any consistency to it, injuries aside.
So it is anyone's guess to how we will line up tonight although what we have to do is stop conceding goals and the one thing I would suggest is playing a midfielder with the sole responsibility of protecting the back four. I would, as I have mentioned before, play El Karkouri in that role and give Sankofa a place at right back, and I think it is crucial that we play two wide men in a 5-man midfield.
Oh, what do I know. Let's tune in later to find out.