Adventurous attitude could have produced Charlton victory at Millwall

Rob Hulse tries to get the better of Danny Shittu on Saturday. PICTURE BY ALAN STANFORD.

Rob Hulse tries to get the better of Danny Shittu on Saturday. PICTURE BY ALAN STANFORD.

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CHARLTON columnist MATIAS GREZ is convinced a more positive approach in Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Millwall would have seen his side win the game.

IN my opinion Chris Powell’s tactical attitude towards the derby with Millwall was very, very disappointing.

People have argued with me he did what he needed to do to get a result, but in my eyes you should never go into a derby match looking for a draw.

Yes, Millwall were, and still are, on a very good run of form.

Thirteen games unbeaten speaks for itself.

However, it was not as if Powell’s men were out of form going into the game, themselves being unbeaten in five having won four.

Leon Cort and Dorian Dervite, who stepped in for the suspended Michael Morrison, were absolutely outstanding in the heart of defence and kept Chris Wood quiet for the entire game, something which was clearly a huge part of Powell’s game plan.

As much as Salim Kerkar has fast become one of my favourite players this season with his quality ball retention and consistent final pass, he, along with Bradley Pritchard, seemed too lightweight to be a successful derby day player on the day.

Granted, it was his first taste of a derby, but he didn’t give me much hope he would be of any use in the return fixture.

Pritchard, as I’ve said before, is a useful player when trying to see out a result but he was not the player Charlton needed on the pitch if they wanted to grab a winning goal.

Unfortunately, and it pains me to say it, Millwall looked by far the better team than the Addicks did.

They kept possession well, with every Charlton player looking scared as soon as they got the ball at their feet, and looked the more likely to get a win for the entire game.

Lions fans were all over Twitter afterwards claiming that they would have picked up all three points had they not been without four key players.

We ourselves were without Michael Morrison, Rhoys Wiggins, Ricardo Fuller and Lawrie Wilson, as well as Danny Haynes and Emmanuel Frimpong not being 100 percent fit and therefore only named on the bench.

Both sides have good strength in depth, so having players missing was no excuse for either side not getting the three points.

Unfortunately, the majority of tweets and response to the game were about the violence after the final whistle.

The players conducted themselves in a fantastic and sportsmanlike manner, but for some reason both sets of fans could not follow suit.

Neither set of fans came out of the game with their heads held high and some of the scenes were, quite frankly, embarrassing.

I would certainly hope after the next meeting with Millwall at The Valley we are all talking about the performance on the pitch as opposed to any violence in the stands.

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