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Leicester win kind of sums up Charlton's season
2:36pm Wednesday 20th February 2013 in Sport
ADDICKS columnist MATIAS GREZ thought there was something inevitable about last night’s 2-1 victory at Leicester, a result which kind of summed up Charlton’s inconsistent season.
NOW that’s more like it.
Last night against Leicester the missing winning mentality I mentioned last week has never been more on display.
What makes the win even more impressive is it came on the back of a quite dismal defeat away to Hull at the weekend.
The 1-0 loss at the KC Stadium was one of the most lacklustre and pathetic defeats of the season, the team seemingly backing up my claims of the serious lack of a winning mentality in the squad.
No doubt Ben Hamer cost us at least a point on Saturday but it’s hard, well pretty impossible, to ever pin the blame solely on him, as his outstanding shot stopping has saved us countless times this season.
In my eyes Hamer is the best shot stopper in the league by quite a distance, but he has always been a bit sketchy coming out for crosses.
Remember, keepers are always liable to drop a few clangers and their mistakes are far more obvious and costly than any other position on the pitch.
However, I could individually recall getting on for 100 saves which have no doubt won us more than the one point lost at the weekend and I wouldn’t swap our number one for any other goalie in the league.
On to last night and the win at Leicester was actually pretty inevitable, if nothing else.
It’s been the sort of game we have gone into and not been given a chance by anybody, but yet again we’ve come away with all three points.
Winning away at Blackpool, at home against Cardiff, away at Watford and now away at Leicester, while losing at home to teams around and below us, has been a massive feature of Chalton’s first season back in the Championship.
It’s been incredibly frustrating at times, as we fans have been left bewildered as to why the team is performing so well and so poorly in equal measure.
Based on some of the outstanding performances this season, I genuinely believe with a few quality additions in the summer, while holding onto our best players at the same time as shifting out some of the deadwood, we can easily be challenging for a play-off place next year.
Before the Leicester game, yesterday also saw Bradley Wright-Phillips go on loan to Brentford until the end of the season.
I’m sure every supporter will join me in wishing him well, as we probably wouldn’t be where we are as a club without his goals last season.
Unfortunately, however, I just don’t think he is cut out for this level and his calling is as a prolific League One striker.
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