Charlton Athletic 1 Brighton & Hove Albion 2
For the last two days I have been locked in a room pumped full of oxygen, think a Las Vegas casino without the fun, in work presentations around the tagline of: Innovation.Integration.Execution.Motivation.
If the meetings were hosted by Phil Parkinson then after last night the slogan may well have been: Cataclysm.Disintegration.Realisation.Demotivated.
And demotivated was how I felt when I escaped to the bathroom and checked the result.
After witnessing for myself on Saturday a much better performance I had high hopes of another 3 points. I had expected Brighton's confidence to be knocked after two tough games against Norwich and Brighton, when they should have pocketed six, and not the one point however the opposite was true and from the little I can bear to read, we were well beaten.
I was also disappointed to read that Mooney didn't play more of a withdrawn role like he did in the second half on Saturday. I am fed up of saying it, but Parkinson has to revert to 4-5-1 this Friday at Southend because whatever he does at the moment is not in anyway replicating the form we showed in early season.
My Brighton mate was at the game and he wrote in an email to me last night that: "You were not that bad. You had chances but we took ours and you didn't."
That might be true but Charlton fans are no longer surprised by defeat. That is one win in seven and our brittle confidence has been shattered again and for the first time this season I am looking nervously down the table and not up it.Quotes: "The reality is that we are a third division side for a reason, and the reason is that we are not very good, and we should both acknowledge and live with that. I suspect we will finish in mid table, and as galling as it is watching Charlton do in 2009/10 in the third division, exactly what they did in 2007/08 in the 2nd division, the reality is that we do not have the right calibre of players for this division, and in Parkinson, we do not have a manager capable of driving the team in times of adversity."
Deepest Darkest"My worry is not that we will be in this division for a few seasons. My worry is that if we fail to finish in the top six, not only will we be forced to play in this division for another season, but there will be literally nothing to demonstrate that we can get promoted any time soon. This will almost certainly cause serious carnage in the squad and either way the chances of the board finding someone that will take the club on will fall dramatically."
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