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Fingers crossed Kermo is back for Millwall game
4:11pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in Sport
CHARLTON columnist MATIAS GREZ has his fingers crossed big striker Yann Kermorgant will be back to face Millwall on Saturday after missing last night’s 2-1 defeat at Huddersfield.
IN what has almost become the norm over the past year, Chris Powell’s men put in yet another solid performance away to some very tough opponents on Saturday at Watford.
On top of this, the players seemed to have more than got the hang of the 3-5-2 formation and we looked like a much more balanced team for it.
The midfield trio of Dale Stephens, Johnnie Jackson and Bradley Pritchard worked well, with Stephens providing the creativity, Jackson getting forward to add more numbers to attack and Pritchard’s work rate constantly harrying defenders and winning the ball back.
After spending a couple of weeks on the sidelines, as well being rushed back too early, Jackson finally found some form which replicated his impressive displays last season and showed why he is so vital to everything the team does.
The three centre backs fitted together nicely and carried out their jobs effectively, with Richard Wood looking like a more than able third wheel next to the Michael Morrison-Dorian Dervite pairing.
However, I would personally prefer to see Leon Cort starting next to Dervite and Morrison, having played alongside them both for over a year and just generally being a solid centre back, plus I love seeing him throw his head in front of almost everything.
Yann Kermorgant and Simon Church continued looking like an effective front pairing and seemed to have found a real understanding, linking up to create scoring opportunities for themselves and for their team-mates.
Although their linking up in open play didn’t reap any rewards on Saturday, it bodes well that it looked as though we have found a front two which somewhat resembles the Bradley Wright-Phillips-Kermorgant understanding in League One.
What pleases me more than anything with the current squad is we finally seem to have strength in depth.
With the likes of Mark Gower, who brings the experience of promotion from the Championship, sat on the bench alongside the promising Jordan Cousins, and a very good left wing back in Cedric Evina, it seems as though Powell has more than enough quality options to fill each position effectively.
However, all the hard work at Watford was undone against Huddersfield last night as we went back to looking like the team which would struggle at this level early last season.
This was largely down to absence of Kermorgant, whose massive presence in the side is always a key factor in any success we have.
And with what is more than likely to be a physical game this coming Saturday, every one of us will be hoping Yann is fit to help us avoid a repeat of last season’s poor encounter with Millwall at The Valley.
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