Dull, Dull, Dull
I thought it after the game, and still think it this morning. Charlton were never really at the races yesterday, going down by the finest of margins. An all too familiar scenario this season. The truth is though, Barnsley bossed this game pretty much in its entirety, and would justifiably have felt robbed had they not come away with all three points. The issue as ever with Charlton, lay almost exclusively in the midfield.
So, are we lacking a creative spark?, or a defensive bedrock on which to build? The answer, sadly, is both. We can only dream about what might have been, had Powell been given a sensible amount of money to spend in the summer, as the centre of the park was always in need of strengthening. If we are to assume that in order to live within our means, means we have to make the best of what we have, then what to do? Could a fit Hughes provide at least the defensive base on which to build? One thing is clear to me though, Jackson playing in the centre is not the answer. A largely anonymous substitutes outing yesterday added nothing positive to Charlton fortunes, and the withdrawal of arguably our most effective player outside the back four in Razak to accomodate an orthodox 4-4-2, only made a poor situation worse.
Meanwhile off the field the club appears to be in some discord. I am deliberately understating this, as backstage the wheels appear to be coming off big time. If you were Chris Powell how long would you put up with what is happening at your beloved club? It's a serious question, as Charlton needs him far more than he needs Charlton. Strangely, it is a question that I, and other fans of my acquaintance are also asking of ourselves, and our own resolve. With a club that off the field is in turmoil, and a team on it that is showing relegation form, (we have less points now than we had at the same stage of our relegation season), how distant does last season feel now? Time to dig deep folks!