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Charlton were not as unlucky as many are making out
3:57pm Tuesday 17th December 2013 in Sport
ADDICKS columnist MATIAS GREZ feels the bad luck line is wearing a bit thin after another loss on Saturday left Charlton in serious relegation trouble.
THE words ‘bad luck’ have been bandied about a lot since the defeat to Derby at the weekend, two words I completely disagree with.
Fans have been bemoaning our continuing streak of misfortune.
What continuing streak?
Bad luck doesn’t see you sitting in 21st place and just one point above the relegation zone after 20 games.
Bad luck doesn’t see you spurn chance after chance, week in, week out and make you joint lowest scorers in the Football League.
Consistently poor individual and collective performances do.
Michael Morrison did not miss his header from practically under the crossbar because of bad luck, it was a poor finish, just as Simon Church’s off-target finish when put through one-on-one was not down to bad luck.
Derby’s free-kick and Scott McDonald’s goal for Millwall at The Valley are the only two unfortunate goals we have conceded this season - feel free to correct me if there are any more.
However, one moment of misfortune in a match should not dictate the final outcome as drastically as they did in those two matches because we still had 89 other minutes to come up with a reply.
In fact, had it not been for a huge amount of good luck when having the game against Doncaster called off at 3-1 down, we would be three points worse off and well and truly in the relegation zone.
Still, there are plenty of positives we can take from the recent defeats.
Even against two of the division’s top sides, Reading and Derby, we have never been outplayed or overrun.
For large periods in both games we had the majority of possession and were the team in the ascendency.
However, our continuing lack of ruthlessness in front of goal has meant we have not been able to capitalise.
That we never look like we’re going to get a hiding from the Championship’s best teams gives me hope there is enough quality in the team to turn it around.
It is important for Chris Powell to quickly find his best starting XI and stick with it, the chopping and changing never allows the side to find their rhythm.
Although I still believe Powell is the man to get us out of a relegation fight, you have to question some of his tactics and personnel in his line-ups.
Bradley Pritchard playing just behind Yann Kermorgant on Saturday and Cedric Evina playing left midfield against Reading are two of the most bizarre decisions I’ve seen from a manager, and Powell knows he cannot afford any more slip ups if he is to guide us to safety.
With the fans not having much to celebrate on the pitch, we at least have something to cheer off it .
The importance of the announcement that The Valley has been made an Asset of Community Value, thanks to the efforts of the Charlton Athletic Supporters’ Trust who amassed 1,900 signatures in a petition, cannot be overstated.
It ensures we as fans have a say in our stadium’s future should an owner decide to put it up for sale and it gives us all peace of mind we now have a say in The Valley’s future.
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