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Why I hit the roof after Palace defeat
3:37pm Wednesday 19th September 2012 in Charlton Athletic
CHARLTON columnist MATIAS GREZ pulls no punches after witnessing his side suffer a tame 1-0 Valley loss to rivals Crystal Palace.
MY first impressions after witnessing Friday’s tame derby defeat at home to Crystal Palace were not good.
Dale Stephens valued at £2m? Aston Villa? In his dreams.
Lawrie Wilson should never put on a Charlton shirt again and is a Stevenage player at best.
Johnnie Jackson looks out of his depth and constantly out of breath.
Bradley Pritchard is lucky to be playing anywhere near this level.
Although he went off early, Rhoys Wiggins’ woeful performance until this point should not be forgotten as he was skinned by Wilfried Zaha three times in the first five minutes.
It is a very big worry when your keeper looks like one of the most likely of all the players to score, as Ben Hamer almost did at the death.
How Kagisho Dikgacoi had enough time to chest the ball down and volley home inside the penalty area is bewildering.
I’m starting to feel sorry for Chris Solly who is playing week, in week out with average and seemingly passionless players.
I would not begrudge him in the slightest if he took his next opportunity and moved to a bigger club.
The first draft of this blog was written immediately after the game with anger and disappointment still raw.
However, since then it has been reassessed and made appropriate.
Although I am a student journalist and am meant to have an abundant vocabulary, it was still hard to describe how I felt after the game without the use of profanities.
It was obvious even at the time Charlton’s disallowed goal should have stood and Chris Powell said immediately after the game the assistant referee went into his room and apologised to him.
However, using the officials’ diabolical performance to cover up how poorly the team played would be an easy way out.
The formation needs to be addressed.
Yes it helped the team to a win and two draws at the start of the season, but since then they’ve lacked any sense of cohesion and balance.
Solly is the only player in the starting line-up providing the team with any width and it is essential Danny Green plays from the first minute if the strikers want any decent service.
The moment when Ricardo Fuller is fully fit to start a game can’t come soon enough.
Perhaps the biggest worry at this point is at the start of the season Crystal Palace were tipped as one of the favourites for relegation and yet looked twice the team Charlton did on Friday night.
I was hoping after the Derby match last night I would be able to completely change my tune and I would be singing the praises of all the players, Wilson included.
However, the performance only further highlighted how out of their depth the vast majority of this squad seem in the Championship.
The late rally, which brought the score back to a more respectable 3-2, did well to cover up how bad the team were for the majority of the game – just as the referee’s performance had against Palace.
Maybe I am being too harsh too soon but it’s not the results of the last three matches which have got my goat, it’s the sloppy, careless and cavalier attitude of the players.
One player who can hold his head up high after both matches is Green.
He is the only creative spark the team seem to have at the moment and he scored an absolute screamer last night.
Saturday’s clash away at Ipswich now appears vital and a point, at least, is essential for morale and to avoid becoming marooned near the bottom of the table, even at this early stage of the season.
Starting the match as the Addicks have finished the last three, you would have thought, would be enough to come away with some sort of result.
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