Blackburn Rovers away. What was the score? Lost 4-1
A note to the board: Please no more Operation so and so's. It's a nice gesture but can someone tell the players that it would be a nice touch if they actually made the experience a pleasant one.
I woke this morning with a lot of clarity in my head and a conviction that our fate was already sealed. I went back to the radio commentary today (Scott Minto's so much better than Brownie, I'm sorry) and first half had an all too familiar ring to it, with long hopeful punts being knocked forward for Bent D to chase and Bent M to ignore. The quality was once again lacking as was any worthwhile efforts at goal but at the half we were still in it but our rivals elsewhere had already stolen a march.
Then irony, a word Americans don't understand, to end all irony. After Chris Powell's own goal at Bramall Lane giving Sheffield Utd the lead, our runaway player of the season Scott Carson made probably his first mistake of the season to concede the lead at Ewood. Then down to 10-men after Thatcher got sent off, for the umpteenth time Darren Bent reacted quickly to get us back in the game right in front of the travelling red army.
For 6 minutes the dream continued and although nothing other than a win was necessary, at that time I thought a point might be worth returning south with, but then Hermann Hreidarsson deflected a shot past Carson and I closed my eyes shut. That was it and it got worse as we completely fell to pieces conceding two more in three minutes and my heart went out to every Addick sat behind the goal at the Darwen Road end.
As the game came to a disastrous end, those superb fans, who made up a ¼ of the crowd, sung "I'm Charlton til I die,"
and we are but let's hope some of those players pretending to wear our shirt are not.
Operation Ewood, how about Operation Heartbreak?Opinions of those at the fated Operation Ewood: Sky Sports
; BBC Sport
; Sporting Life
.Super Al: "Events transpired against us today. The fans were brilliant today and sure will cheer us to the last moments"