Watford away. What was the score? Drew 1-1
Disappointing not to get all 3 points yesterday. We started slowly in appalling conditions but when we got the ball down and used the width of the pitch we, I thought were head and shoulders above one of our prime challengers for promotion, Watford.
We had so many chances, the majority falling to Ambrose to have had the game won twice, both sides of Ellington's goal.
Iwelumo proved his inclusion was right with a combative display and Varney supplied good pace behind him all across the pitch with some strong running right up 'til the final whistle. Once again it was the full backs who supplemented our forward play excellently particularly Moo2kil, who hasn't appeared to lost any of his spark from the last time I actually saw him. Youga however did confirm some concerns regarding his defensive qualities, with Smith getting by him once too often.
ZZ was quiet I thought but Holland drove us on down the middle on a terrible pitch. That pitch didn't suit Sam and he was a bit of a let down for me. Ambrose as Pardew said was guilty of some dreadful finishing but he played his part in the game, which is not always evident and of course got the equaliser.
Bougherra I thought was wobbly but I found it hard to see how the Sky commentators hung, drew and quartered him for his apparent stamp on Davenport, who let us not forget was taken out by his own player.
My man of the match was McCarthy, who is now showing us why at this level he can be a steady and influencing figure. He has a decent touch for a big man and I like his safety first attitude (the opposite to Magic), a know-how that made us love Simon Webster and Richard Rufus.
Andy Gray's cameo was decent bearing in mind his hectic week and Chris Dickson backed up exactly what Pardew said to his adherents demanding more game-time. His one and one with Lee, one of 16 efforts that showed our dominance.Who was at Vicarage Road or watched it on the box: New York Addick
; Drinking During the Game
; Addicks Championship Diary
; Frankie Valley
; One From The Training Ground
; All Quiet
; Charlton Athletic Online
.Reports: Sporting Life
; Sky Sports
; Sunday People
; Kent Online
; Watford Observer
.What Pards' said: "Ironically Ambrose has got a goal that you have to class as fluky after he had two massive chances before that." A bottle of fizzy pop for:
Paddy McCarthy. The second signing. Looking like a different man from the one we saw in the summer.