Let's move on
Charlton Athletic 1 Southampton 1
I woke with a bad feeling this morning - an unusally long and dreamy sleep must have given my pschye too long to tinker with my previously confident aura. I was convinced that Pardew's new charges were going to upset us today and the announcement of Lloyd Sam's player and Phil Parkinson's manager of month awards did nothing to quell my unease.
Listening to the first half commentary only made me more neurotic as the Saints sounded the better side. The end culminated in a deserved goal for Lallana and at half time I was desperately hoping that Parkinson could deliver a teamtalk equivalent to the one he gave at Brisbane Road. We were out on the pitch first but initially nothing appeared to change. Then suddenly following a quick break out led by an Elliot throw Burton pounced on a defensive error (not for the first time this season) and we were level.
The confidence around my sofa and around 3 sides of The Valley grew immeasurably after that as our midfield started to get a grip on the game and Youga, Richardson, Bailey and particularly the previously subdued Sam started to stretch the width of pitch. The game was pretty much throughout littered with unpleasantries though as Pardew's orders to unsettle us were carried out. Racon seemed to get mixed up in it and at one time a melee ensued after a foul on Bailey. The referee who appeared the opposite of a homer according to the commentary team, although a mate later said he was equally crap to both sides, became a central character during a 10-minute spell in the 2nd half.
First of all the referee shied away for a loud penalty shout backed up by Tony Hudd on the radio after Harding manhandled Lloyd Sam, then after a Bailey cross was only flicked goalwards by Burton, he disallowed Shelvey's close range finish and then I was up of my arse again when the flag went up for offside after we all thought Burton had put us ahead. The common feeling from those in the ground was this was definitely a goal.
We kept probing but after 'only' 4 minutes were added on for injury time the impetus had switched to the Saints in the final minutes and I was more than pleased to get a point.
This game was always potentially a banana skin with memories of the past becoming more important than the present, so I for one am glad it is over and we can move on to next week still unbeaten, and still top. Come on you reds.Reports: Blackheath Addicted
; Drinking During the Game
; BBC Blog
; Doctor Kish
; Addicks Diary
; Croydon Addick
; Charlton Athletic Online
; Deepest Darkest
.Quote: "We had a cup of tea beforehand and we shook hands afterwards in the tunnel."
- Phil Parkinson