Watford away. What was the score? Drew 2-2
What an chance for Kevin Lisbie to change 2,000 people's mindset yesterday evening and perhaps etch himself into Pards' plans for the future - well we really should have known better shouldn't have we? And was it just me who cringed when there was a half-hearted chant of his name when he came on? Yes, we should have known better. And I know Holland missed a fantastic chance and Bent put two headers wide but please don't embarrass yourself by comparing Lisbie with Matt Holland and Darren Bent.
So coming out of Vicarage Road it felt like a defeat but I would have laughed into my beer (if they were serving any) if you had said to me at half-time that we would miss a sitter in injury time to deprive us of victory. The line up was a very different one from the one that played last week and Fortune was dreadful and Sankofa, who'd looked reasonably comfortable at right-back, was extremely unsteady on the left side and dear old El Khak was doing his best to get a loan move to Stoke himself so abysmal was his first half display. Fat Jim was back to his best and the midfield was getting over-run as Watford took us apart, just as we did to West Ham last week.
We were lucky to get away with two and there was a lot of shaking of heads at half-time. However Pards has amazingly, after all that we have been through this season, instilled some crazy belief and I could sense that
feeling around me as the players came out for the 2nd half a good 6-7 minutes before the home side without JFH but with an athletic looking Zheng Zhi in the ranks.
ZZ was excellent and his non-stop harrying allowed Alex Song to take control of the game and that is what the 19-year old did and with Addicks fans encouraging the 'Red Army' in Black to the hilt, not only did we get back into the game, we completely dominated it and some of our play, despite abject pressure, was fantastic. Young tucked his goal away like he does it every week, after a superbly weighted through-ball by Song and then as it appeared time was going to run out, substitute Rommedahl controlled another fine cross-field pass from Song, and dinked it over for Ambrose to get in between two defenders and send us wild as the players celebrated in front of me and my son in the first row.
Lisbie made sure that we couldn't pick up a back to back 3 points for god-knows how long but I would have taken a point at half-time. Being back at home has enabled me to watch chunks of the game umpteen times and how I get a buzz out of Pardew's celebration when Ambrose got the equaliser.
It was another great day out with unbelievable backing by Addick's fans. It wasn't the result we wanted of course but to see how together the fans, the players and the management are is uplifting and inspiring.
Super Al: "Ben Thatcher was a particularly big miss; that meant we had to ask a young boy to play on the other side and we looked a bit unsure and unbalanced."