Addicks keyboard warriors should lay off Harriott after Brentford miss

Callum Harriott's late surge of goals kept Charlton up last season but already he has been the victim of online criticism. Picture by Keith Gillard.

Callum Harriott's late surge of goals kept Charlton up last season but already he has been the victim of online criticism. Picture by Keith Gillard.

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With the Championship season one game in, Big Bob Peeters will be reasonably satisfied with his new club’s start at Brentford on Saturday.

Hopefully not an ominous sign that Peeters is an unlucky manager, Charlton were only denied all three points in west London’s by Tommy Smith’s late, deflected equaliser.

As predicted in my last column, Igor Vetokele was the man to watch out for in the Addicks, scoring the opening goal and also having an effort parried onto the post by former Charlton stopper David Button,

The game would have been over on 81 minutes had last season’s late goal-scoring hero had a chance to open his account this season 44 games earlier, but Callum Harriott hit the bar under pressure from a Bees defender when facing an open-goal.

That chance was not as easy as it looked, but some fans deciding to ignore this, took to Twitter to try and add insult to injury and harass young Callum, blaming him for Charlton’s failure to win.

This short-sighted web-based buffoonery only serves to dent a player’s confidence, compounding any pressure he that he would now be putting upon himself after that miss.

This can be an endless cycle, and one we’ve certainly seen affect Callum before last season.

Use social media wisely Charlton fans – support and encourage them through the bad times and the good times will come.

One player who is currently basking in praise is young Joe Gomez, born sometime after the end of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, who made his first team debut last night against Colchester.

And the young starlet performed like he’d been making Colchester United players look even more ordinary than they are for years on end.

Make no mistake, this boy is the real deal.

At 17 he has already represented England U17s and I’m certain he will become a star in the future – I just hope that he decides to stay a bit longer than Jermaine Defoe or Diego Poyet did before he signs for West Ham.

The game against Colchester at The Valley dawned a new era in SE7.

Peeters put his stamp on a side which played attractive football on the floor, never easing off against the 10-men from Essex who failed to recover after the early red card to Magnus Okuonghae.

Lawrie Wilson, who has actually always been alright but has only recently handed over the title of Official Club Scapegoat to Simon Church, notched two fine, identical goals after Buyens had scored from the spot.

And late on Welshman Church silenced his critics with a two yard pile-driver.

Charlton fans will hope the momentum gained from the two opening games of the season will be continued on Saturday in the Athletics derby as we take on Wigan.

Attack them with the sort of ruthlessness we showed against Colchester and I’m sure it will be

Come on you reds!

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