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Addicks need to sort out home form
2:46pm Wednesday 24th October 2012 in Sport
CHARLTON columnist MATIAS GREZ is confident the club can climb the Championship table - if they can match their away form at home.
ANOTHER Saturday afternoon at The Valley and another disappointing, lacklustre performance from the Addicks against Barnsley.
It was another game in which the team were unable to keep a clean sheet, making it a very poor return of two in 12 Championship games.
What set the team apart from its rivals last season was how solid the back line was and how very little they gave away to opposing teams.
Yes, the standard of attacking football in the Championship is a lot higher than in League One, but this means the standard of defending must also be higher which, quite frankly, has been far from the case.
Let’s not beat about the bush, and try not to upset any Tykes fans while we’re at it, but Barnsley are a very, very average Championship side - at best.
Yet on Saturday they looked comfortable and the more likely to take away all three points for the entire 90 minutes.
It was yet another game where the standard of officiating was well below what it should be in the second tier of English football, but it was another game where blaming the referee would be an easy way to avoid the shocking performance of the team.
After a game like the Barnsley one, I am always very tempted to go off on another major rant but then the team pull out a performance similar to the one against Leeds.
It happened after the Derby match with a 2-1 away win against Ipswich and it happened after the Watford game with a 2-0 away win at Bloomfield Road.
The team are now undefeated in their last three away games, winning two and drawing the other.
This is in stark contrast to Charlton’s home form, losing two out of three and drawing the other.
With it often being deemed harder to win on the road, if the Addicks manage to find some home form then a gradual climb of the Championship table, and finishing above Barnsley, is a strong possibility.
Before the start of the season I was concerned at Bradley Wright-Phillips’ chance to conversion rate because although he was Charlton’s top scorer last season, he wasted chance after chance when one-on-one with the keeper.
Already this season, with a solitary goal to his name, BWP has missed a lot of chances that he should have scored with his two late misses, as opposed to good saves by Paddy Kenny, against Leeds only highlighting my worry further.
Perhaps the main concern at this moment in time is the absence of Ricardo Fuller for a few weeks.
It has looked at times as if he is carrying the team on his own and was the only player capable of making something happen.
When he plays it is all too obvious how much better he is than the rest of the team.
With Charlton’s recent away form and the next match away to Wolves, it would appear as though a point at the very least is in the bag.
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