Gap in quality between Charlton and Forest was worrying

News Shopper: Chris Powell gives some final instructions to substitute Danny Haynes on Saturday. PICTURE BY KEITH GILLARD. Chris Powell gives some final instructions to substitute Danny Haynes on Saturday. PICTURE BY KEITH GILLARD.

ADDICKS columnist MATIAS GREZ is still trying to take in Saturday’s 2-0 home loss at the hands of Nottingham Forest.

ANOTHER Saturday afternoon at The Valley and this defeat was as inevitable as they come.

The gulf in quality between us and Nottingham Forest, even prior to Yann Kermogant’s sending off, was one of the biggest I have seen all season.

It’s rare a player will come out after a game and say how difficult and awkward it was playing against the opposition, but that’s exactly what Leon Cort did in a post-match interview.

“They’re probably one of the toughest sides that we have played this season” he said.

“The way Forest move the ball, they try to drag you into positions that you don’t want to go into.”

Those were just some of the ways he described the Addicks’ torrid afternoon at the hands of Nottingham Forest.

Now, there is absolutely no excuse for what Kermo did, and I’m sure every Charlton fan will agree he deserved his red card.

However, the fact it has taken the striker this long to let his tempter get the better of him is something I can only applaud.

The amount of knocks, bumps and kicks he receives every game is ridiculous, but what is really astonishing is how little protection he receives from referees.

Had he been playing in the Premier League this season I could guarantee he would be the most fouled player in the league, bar none.

Not that any of this justifies kicking out at Greg Halford like he did, but it makes it understandable.

If referees decide they want to send Yann off for kicking out, then they also need to punish the batterings he receives from defenders week in, week out.

There is one Charlton player who I’m sure will be relieved all the headlines were on the big striker’s red card and that is keeper Ben Hamer.

For the third time in five games he has made a mistake which has cost us a goal.

Luckily for him on Saturday the mistake ultimately didn’t cost us any points as we were already a goal down when he made a hash of Forest’s second.

I still stand by my opinion Hamer is the best shot stopper in the league, but there has to come a time when Chris Powell gives him a rest and hands David Button a chance.

I can’t imagine how mentally tough it must be on a professional keeper to remain completely focused for 90 minutes yet only be called into action a handful of times.

With Charlton currently only eight points off the relegation places, these mistakes could still prove costly come the end of the season.

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