Accident waiting to happen
Colchester United 3 Charlton Athletic 0
Quote: "Sodje may be a safer option but we needed to change things in midfield and upfront to get the game away from our defence."
The small cracks that have appeared in recent weeks became gaping holes last night as a physical Colchester side exploited our defensive frailities and lack of Plan B. Yes when we can dominate teams by passing the ball precisely and quickly then we have looked unplayable but then as we are finding out better organised team's who play to brute strength come along.
To be fair to Colchester, they have a decent side and a very good manager. Aidy Boothroyd out-thought Parkinson by pressing us deep into our own half, stopping the link-up play thus eliminating our wingers and isolating Burton up front. Pretty simple really but a kick in the teeth for Parkinson's tactical ability.
After reading Nelson's preview
of the game yesterday I was apprehensive of our (and Parkinson's) record against both Colchester and Boothroyd, as well as the Lisbie factor. He didn't score but was a thorn in the side all night playing a role out on the right hand side. Combine this with what Bradley Allen described on the radio as the ugly way to play and our defence crumbled.
Llera to fair has been an accident waiting to happen and last night he's had the preverbial 'mare. People clamouring for Sodje I expect will get their wish on Saturday, but then of course he goes off to play for Nigeria
in a World Cup qualifier. We obviously miss Semedo as he reads the game so well in advance particularly at this level. To have a chance we need him back in the starting line-up Saturday.
Parky is right to call for us not to overact, we were going to lose sometime and our ten-game record is admirable but it is now time to move on, and look closely at our system and the players that have played it. Saturday presents us with a perfect opportunity to bounce back. Good teams bounce back.
Finally credit to the travelling Addicks who sung their hearts out backing the side despite the ground being a god-awful place to get to.Reports: All Quiet
; Kings Hill Addick
; Blackheath Addicted
; Drinking During the Game
; Charlton Athletic Online
Dave on Drinking During the Game.