Charlton 0 Birmingham City 0
A thoroughly enjoyable game and day in fact yesterday. My last match was Barnsley and although we have fallen off the cliff since, unlike then I watched and clapped off a football team yesterday that I could be proud off. Not only did we show grit and determination we also played some good attacking football and defended very well against a side that carried a lot of attacking threat, even though two off them were Hameur Bouazza and Marcus Bent.... we are well rid.
We dominated the midfield causing us all again to ask if any one of ZZ, Racon, Shelvey and Bailey will be with us next season. Please let's hope so, it would be a fantastic boost. But I went to bed last night again thinking how bloody pathetic it is that we are in this situation at all. I know I haven't been to many games but I have said a number of times that we have enough decent players to be at the other end of the table not rooted like a dead tree to the bottom.
Yes we have missed ZZ and Racon for the majority of the season but christ between Pardew and Parkinson they have had almost 40 other players to choose from. I'm sorry those two have an awful lot to answer to.
In the pub beforehand for a very pleasurable couple of hours with Kings Hill Addick
and Dave of Drinking During the Game
and others we debated numerous issues and one was Kandol. I wasn't impressed yesterday because he just didn't seem at the races. He did help us out in defending set pieces, probably more so than Dicko or Burton would have done, but he just seemed intent on letting his junior do all of his running. Conversely I was inspired by Jonjo, he was a constant menace using space with and without the ball excellently and the lad did not stop running.
Otherwise everyone played well including the much maligned Youga and Agent Butterfeet, who in fact gave a very good display. ZZ although not outstanding, his overall play was still head and shoulders over most on the pitch, Racon was a little quiet but City closed down his space very well.
Sam got better as the game went on, but surely for entertainment reasons only Parky decided to take him off and bring Ambrose on in the last minute who with his only touch of the ball put old enemy Kevin Phillips through in an ominous position. And a mention for Robbie Elliott and his intelligent use of prompt and decisive throw outs as well as a pair of safe hands. And one of our own too.
But I'm going to end on a moan because I can. Although it was nice to walk out of The Valley with a warm feeling and a smile, the supporters deserve more than discounted season tickets and an emotional video clip. What I would like to know is how the club fell into the hands of a couple of blokes who we allowed to steer our club's destiny. It is criminal after seeing what I saw yesterday, and against Reading and three or four other times this and last season, I won't be alone in wanting an explanation, an apology even. What the hell happened?