Charlton face tricky London derby in search for final points
In a very controversial and closely fought tie, it was a Jordan Rhodes penalty early on, that saw Grayson’s men take the vital points and Charlton looking for something to blame. Now they must look for a bit of London pride as Orient come to town this weekend.
Orient come to South London already knowing they have one win over their London opponents this season, with a controversial 1-0 win on New Year’s Eve in a game that saw Addicks keeper Ben Hamer dismissed after just six minutes. This will certainly give Slades men a bit of confidence as they carry on their fight for survival; they come in to the game on back of a 1-0 win over Oldham on Tuesday night, and know another three points at the Valley will take them on to 49 points and massive push towards safety.
No doubt this game has written all over it the curse of the former player with a number of former addicks in the Orient ranks including New Years Eve match winner Matt Spring. He didn’t have the best of times at Charlton but I’m sure will always be remembered for his goal against Crystal Palace in the 1-0 win in the Championship three years ago.
Also among the ranks at Orient are David Mooney and Kevin Lisbie who both are never received well by the Charlton crowd and will no doubt be on a mission to shut the Charlton faithful up on Saturday afternoon. Lisbie has nine goals to his name this season whilst Mooney is one short on 8 goals, another player Charlton may have to look out for is Jimmy Smith a very talented midfielder who already has 6 goals and will be keen to add a few more.
I was at the Galpharm last Saturday for Charlton’s 1-0 defeat, and I have to say we just never turned up. But this was not helped by possibly the worst refereeing display I have ever seen in my life. Carl Boyeson needs to take a look in the mirror to make sure reffing is really the job he wants to carry on with, because he ruined the spectacle last week and this could cost Charlton promotion for all we know. Anyway aside the poor reffing Charlton lacked the final cutting edge that usually Yann Kermorgant would bring, the reusing of Paul Hayes just didn’t have the same effect, and you can tell that we use a different style of play of that what Wycombe use.
Finally new loan signing Dany N’guessan appears to be settling in very well, and scored just six minutes in to his debut against Yeovil. But it’s not all about the scoring goals when you’re a winger and his strength and supplying of the ball looks top notch, I look forward to see what he brings us in these tense closing weeks. With Sheffield United now breathing down our necks and looking ready to pounce, only three points will do this weekend so come on Charlton do us proud!