Charlton Athletic 4 Barnet 1
I gave the boat trip a swerve for various reasons this afternoon, to be honest being able to listen to the Paint Pot commentary wasn't actually one of them, however I did and the game passed stress-free didn't it? I think the score flattered us as Barnet always appeared to be in the game and forced plenty of corners but it was nice to come away from a game like this unusually unscathed.
Four goals, one each for McLeod and Tamer Tuna on his first start, a thunderbolt from Bailey (who honourably didn't celebrate his goal against his old club) and a fine finish from Scott Wagstaff plus plenty of plaudits for Chris Solly and Yado Mambo after he came on for the last 25 minutes.
The whole competition reminds me of the Full Members Cup, although tonight's game was slightly better attended than the early rounds at Selhurst. There's a ways to go yet before I'll get my Dad's mate to order the open top bus that took us to Wembley in 1987 mind but it is a nice distraction. The draw for the quarter finals is on Saturday and either Swindon Town, Norwich City, Hereford United, Leyton Orient, MK Dons, Northampton Town or Southampton await.
The momentum continues then and we put further distance between us and the memories of Colchester. I'm slightly concerned over reports that Burton, Richardson, Sam and Llera missed out due to injury, although Miguel had "a virus."
Let's hope that there is some kind of stretched truths there and they will be okay for Saturday.Reports: Drinking During the Game
; Charlton Atheltic Online
; Doctor Kish