Horrible memories resurface
Charlton Athletic 4 Millwall 4
I slept better last night once I'd learned to compartmentalise this game from the rest of the season. 13 and a half years and at 3.30pm (11.30am here) Saturday all those horrible, horrible emotions had come seeping back. Ian Dawes injury time equaliser in 1989 appeared in my sagging head like yesterday.
These games happen though and we have to treat them as one-off's. Leeds had a similiar experience in their recent draw with Huddersfield, although unfortunately Norwich have no Ipswich this season.
There was a lot of positives to take away however. It was a fantastic fight back and we started both halves positively. Nicky Bailey's goal was the finest to grace The Valley since Shaun Bartlett's in the 2000/1 season and most importantly we didn't lose because all week, Saturday morning and before Mooney burst into the penalty box in the 31st minute I was convinced we would.
Burton according to eye-witness reports was excellent, Mooney divides supporters but I think he has a good footballing brain (certainly Mensa belonging compared to McLeod) and Bailey led by example. I was surprised that Wagstaff started despite his recent good form, no disrespect to Scott but it was always going to be a game for men, and I was hoping McKenzie may have appeared earlier.
Our defending for the goals was shocking though but we also lacked our two first choice full backs. I have always liked Basey but midfield or centre-half will allow him to sweep his complete lack of pace under the carpet. The five minutes of injury time was always going to be a killer. Our games always finish last but Man City's win over Sunderland which I had one eye on on the box was done and dusted before even the 90 was up at The Valley. In fact Mark Hughes had already been sacked by the time Schofield sickeningly equalised.
So the most goals ever scored in this fixture and one to remember I suppose. If there was a neutral in the ground then the game had everything although the referee, who by blue and red accounts was terrible, will be pleased there was no beach balls. So we move on then and the run continues, if someone had told me at the Bournemouth friendly in August that we would be unwrapping 2nd place at Christmas I would've started to believe in Santa again.
I have read and heard from family and friends at the game a lot of reports of various disturbances in and around the ground (Marco summarises here
), this despite supposed rigorous restrictions layed down by CAFC. Stewarding and policing sounded extremely lax and I feel many questions need to be asked of the club because when 12 Millwall supporters are sitting together in home areas and when Charlton fans are getting attacked in the toilets behind the East Stand this is not the result of a season ticket holder bringing a Millwall supporting mate.Reports: Charlton Casual
; Drinking During the Game
; Addicks Diary
; Blackheath Addickted
; Many Miles
; Doctor Kish
; Croydon Addick
; And Nothing Else Matters
; Charlton Athletic Online