Hull City at home. What was the score? Drew 1-1
Oh dear, I listened in on BBC Radio yesterday, it was a disjointed and abject performance with not one redeemable feature. At what point do we wake up the physical side of this division? And at what point do we stop blaming it? If we are not careful we will join the other mid-table hustlers with stretched ambitions of a play-off place. Maybe that's a bit steep but we have to prove that we are good enough and we have not done that enough in the last month.
It is a bloody slog to get out of the division and sure, I would rather see us play decent football but there are times when we need to be prepared to go toe to toe, like yesterday against Humberside's finest charm merchants.
Lumping the long ball to Iwelumo is also not the answer, why are we persisting with this? We had the players yesterday, admittedly not all entirely fit to play around teams like Hull but they got us just where they wanted us didn't they? January's shopping list has to include a couple of players who know their way around this division, and someone who can open up a defence as well as lead one.
One player who was on that shopping list is Danny Mills. Whether we see him again is now unlikely
and whatever the reason for him losing his self-control, it was an act of someone less brighter than he. Happy Christmas Danny, you can avoid those painful train journey's south and spend the rest of the year at home with your missus. Cheers.
For a footballing side who can't deal with the physical side Mills became the 3rd Addick to be sent off this season and his booking was our 43rd! This is the worst disciplinary record in the Championship, in fact it is the worst in all four divisions. Add to that our fines for bad behaviour, how do we explain that statistic?Who was on the The Valley: Many Miles
; Addicks Championship Diary
; Drinking During the Game
; Frankie Valley
; Charlton North Downs
.Reports: Sunday Mirror
; Kent Online
; Sporting Life
; News Shopper
; Sport Hull
.What Pards' said: "I've been in this division and know football well enough to know that you get ugly days, and we had a team that came here to be ugly, there's no doubt about that." A bottle of fizzy pop for:
Derek Ufton. Smacked the ball into the net at half-time to celebrate a more encouraging performance 50 years ago to the biggest cheer of the day.