West Brom at home in the Cup. What was the score? Drew 1-1
Smiles all around this morning after a heartening performance yesterday afternoon. Eye-witnesses described a much improved performance with pace and movement the bywords not errors and long hoofs.
Unfortunately it seemed Dean Kiely was outstanding, the second time in a week an ex-Addick starred on his old patch. My son doesn't quite get the transfer rules yet and kept telling me after that West Brom had stolen Kiely from us and it wasn't right. He thoroughly enjoyed himself though and as always was full if it after the game. According to my mate he was even leading the singing in the East Stand.
Pardew made the right changes and despite Moo2Kil's error for the goal, the two young full backs were key components in a far more pacier and attacking display from the Addicks. Mills and Powell both tend to play in their own half but in Moo2Kil and Youga they clearly want to get forward at every opportunity.
It was also good to hear of two strikers working well together and causing problems on the ground and running the channels to good effect. Surely pace is far harder to defend against than brute force, long straight balls and flick on's, particularly when most sides in our division are stacked with immobile but big and strong centre-half's.
It was a shame more people weren't there to see it, although the low attendance was hardly a surprise, but it gives us all a lift and was notable that with Dickson thrust on near the end that we went full out to win the game in the final 5 minutes.Who was at The Valley: Drinking During the Game
; Frankie Valley
; All Quiet
What Pards' said: "I turned to all my staff on the bench and said we'd have to send all our players to Scunthorpe because the coaching is obviously better there."
A bottle of fizzy pop for: ZZ. My son's choice, "ZZ got the ball after 10 seconds, spun around and hit a great shot, it was brilliant."