The Valley Malaise – the scourge of the striker !

My daughter in her first Charlton kit ... she doesn't seem keen !This picture has been on here before but my daughter’s expression from too many years ago pretty much sums it up for me at the moment.

After pretty much nicking the lead against the run of play we then seemed to either give up attacking / lose all idea of how to attack or panic ourselves into dropping so deep that the equaliser became almost an inevitability.

The goal we scored was pretty good. Despite the general moaning in the Covered End (at least where we were anyway) when possession worked the ball all the way back to Declan Rudd (chap behind us felt a bit silly three passes later when Magennis scored) I thought it was a well-worked, and well-finished goal.

Alas, for some reason unknown to all, we then stopped passing the ball on the ground and resorted to punting it forward to Magennis again – and this time he didn’t win many, and when he did there was no pace in the legs of Kim’s Little Boy to latch on to the knock-down.

Do we not know how these guys scored their goals before they came to Charlton ?

Novak and Ajose are much the same player, finishers who will get on the end of crosses into the box.

With less than a handful of goals between them so far, even the evidence of the goals they have scored proves that point with not one of those goals scored from further out than a couple of yards (and I’m probably exaggerating giving them credit for being that far away from the line !)

So, when do we play wingers who actually play wide, get to the byline and put crosses into the box ?

Seems pretty simple to me but then I’m no Thomas Driesen, who, apparently is still very much involved with the club.

If though, Slado and his coaching team are ignoring the boy Driesen then maybe that’s why we’re trying something different … something that clearly doesn’t work !

Obviously, I’m being more than a tad facetious but I can’t understand how we can be SO bad at a game that they play every day ?

Some of them in the pre-match shooting practice were hitting the ball so far wide or over the goal that I wondered whether they were playing a game amongst themselves.

They are, as EFL rules state they have to be, grown-ups, adults who should be able to make decisions on their own. I don’t lay the blame at Slade, well, not completely, but surely they can see when things aren’t working and try something else.

The way they are set up, the players that are selected and the overall game plan are created by the manager and his coaching team but once they are out on the pitch surely players have to make decisions based on what’s going on around them ?

Surely having played a number of hopeful long balls forward that haven’t created anything at all, someone on the pitch should make the suggestion that they try something a bit different.

Surely a full back who keeps finding himself in possession with no bugger in sight up the wing ahead of him and has to resort to belting it long again should have a go at the guy who should be there and try to force some change.

To be fair to them, the coaching team should be doing much the same from the sideline ?

I have to be honest, I’m getting a bit fed up with the formation we’re playing at the moment. Ricky Holmes needs to find a position and stay there, the first home game he stuck out wide and caused havoc running at the defence but now he seems to either have been given the freedom to roam wherever he likes or has taken it on himself to do so which leaves whichever full back bereft of an out ball wide and clutters up the middle of the park with the centre-mids not sure whether they are supposed to stay in position or to move out to cover the space.

Johnnie Jackson looked like he didn’t know where he was supposed to be playing, Andrew Crofts looked lost and Little Freddie Ulvestad had nowhere to run.

Josh Magennis and Kim’s Little Boy had no service which made Novak especially look shit and we’ve all seen him do the proverbial business for years.

Poor Nicky Ajose has already succumbed to the Valley malaise, the syndrome that affects all strikers when they join us; the awful situation they find themselves in when they realise that they may never again be given the pass they’ve received for season’s gone by and as such may never score again !

Something needs to change and pretty quick. It was nice to see Magennis admit that, to paraphrase, we were crap against Oldham, but now it’s time to take a gamble and get out there and bloody well go for it.

Jordan Botaka must have upset someone because despite creating a chance every time he’s been on the pitch he hasn’t got more than a handful of minutes.

Start the bloke, tell him to stay wide, have a go at the full back for ninety minutes and get crosses into the box. If he does and the strikers don’t score then have a go at them but give them a chance for Christ’s sake.

Unfortunately, the way things are going at the moment we’ll whack passes from fifty yards away at the poor sod and expect him to win a header just to keep the ball on the pitch.

Give it to his feet and fine anybody who kicks it at him anything above knee height.

Okay, rant over …. going to bed.

Might see you Saturday …. c’mon you Reds ?

This entry was posted in Posts. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *