This will be the first meeting for three years since Matt Spring scored the winner for Charlton in a 1-0 win at the end of January 2009. A season Charlton fans have firmly got out their system as Charlton carry on building and will be looking for a return to winning ways having not won since Leicester visited SE7 on august 21st.
After a promising opening week for the Addicks Charlton travelled to Nottingham hoping to keep the early unbeaten run. However that was ended by an excellent performance from Forest. I was at the game and honestly I don’t think we will come against many better performances than what forest showed that game. However Charlton were holding in there until the dying embers thanks to a brilliant cameo 10 minutes from Ricardo Fuller who appeared in the 81st minute and by the 87th his header was thumping of the post against the helpless Lee Camp to give Charlton a slice of hope again at the county ground. Unfortunately so far Charlton haven’t quite hit the gear they would be looking for but I would hope the atmosphere of Friday’s game will be enough to make sure the early bragging rights are coming Charlton’s way and not going with Palace in what would be a rare win at the valley.
Certainly if Ricardo Fuller is fit and ready to go this man can lead Charlton places along with fellow strikers BWP and Yann Kermorgant, this could forge a formidable strike force once more. For sure one man Charlton will have to keep a close eye on is the highly rated youngster Wilfired Zaha who if on his game seems to be able to punish any team in front of him so it will be up to the solid defence to keep solid. Rhoys Wiggins will be set to face the club he started at as an academy kid whilst Leon Cort may also be in to face his former club if he gets the nod to start, if not Matt Taylor will need to be on the top of his game for Fridays South London derby.
Palace fans may claim “to not care about Charlton” But I’m almost certain they would not like to lose against us, with the sky cameras on this game aswell this is the chance for both sides to show who really is the “number one in South London”. So come on Charlton a nice 3 points to kick-start our stuttery season!