Southampton at home. What was the score? Drew 1-1
How very predictable. I was extremely disappointed with the starting line up today. We had to win the game didn't we? So then pick a team and a composition that will score goals. I mean clearly we are going to let one in, so at least give us some hope from the kick off that we might score ourselves.
Last week's team ground and battled out a result against the odds. The odds were different today and by all accounts Southampton were poor and there for the taking. No pace out wide, ZZ out of position, two holding midfield players, no positive forward contributions from the full backs just long balls and a centre forward who is very static. And on a different vain, Elliot really should have kept his place shouldn't he?
I would have liked Varney, Ambrose, Thomas, Moo2kil and Youga to have started today to try and win the frickin' game. But alas, as I said, how very predictable.
Pace and width have long been missing from Pardew's line ups. Varney has to start, even if it is out on the right. When was the last time we scored with a open play cross? In fact we have become a set-play team, it's almost the only time we score. Anyway it sounded better 2nd half and I'm pleased for Andy Gray, hopefully he can become important to us next season.
Finally I heard there was trouble before the game when our history with the Saints reared it's ugly, I hope fellow Addicks escaped unhurt. However today's crowd was excellent, despite our dreadful home form. 11,000 more at The Valley than at Selhurst, lets hope Pardew can inspire some belief amongst us during the summer because we might not see many 26,206 attendances next season.Who was at The Valley: Drinking During the Game
; Blackheath Addicted
; Marco on Dr Kish
; Kings Hill
; Addicks Championship Diary
; Covered End Choir
.Reports: This is London
; This is Hampshire
; Sunday Mirror
.What did Pardew think of it: "I can't keep making excuses for our failure to win at home, but I think I know why and I have to put it right."A bottle of fizzy pop for:
Andy Gray. His first goal in over 5 months, lets hope we see a couple more before the season's out.