They visit Preston on the back of clinching the title in front of their home fans last week with a 2-1 win over struggling Wycombe.
I think it’s fair to say all of the hype from Preston fans pre season ,where they felt they was going walk over this league is what has made this season such a joke for them.
Instead of loving it up by the top for much of the season, they have been looking over their shoulders at the possibility of suffering back to back relegation’s. Under Phil Brown they struggled for long periods and when he got the sack, they controversially brought in high flying Stevenage manager Graham Westley who so far has not been able to hack it with some dryer signings and a similar route-one style of play that does not suit Preston’s mentality.
All this being said there are still some good players in this Preston team, and Charlton will have to look out for the strike force of Neil Mellor and Iain Hume. Although not having their most prolific of seasons in recent years we can see how they have scored for fun in recent years, and between them this season they have managed 19 goals. In terms of players through the middle Paul Coutts is always a name who is mentioned as being decent, though not having a prolific season he has been fairly creative and will pose a threat.
One player Charlton definitely will not be able to rely on is on-loan Preston midfielder Darrell Russell, who is ineligible to play his parent club. But in fairness they have coped without him well enough for the last four games.
Chris Powell’s side certainly peaked at the right time just as question marks were being raised following the defeat to Huddersfield. We went on to pick up four straight wins to clinch promotion and ultimately the title, interestingly all four wins came with a one goal margin.
But as they say a win is a win whether it is 5-0 or 1-0 the important thing has been the three points which Charlton have consistently picked them up this season. With a total 29 wins from 44 games there is no question it’s been a season of domination by the Reds.
If we can get two more wins from the last two games we will finish this remarkable season on 103 points to cap off a wonderful season.
COME ON YOU REDS!