After the holiday delights of Cornwall and France, it was back to the home of football in SE7 yesterday. My first game of the season and a chance to see the new recruits in the flesh.
We looked OK and Russell certainly has them trying hard . Holmes is the best player by a mile,but it’s difficult to run the game when the opposition know you are the only real threat. I don’t think there are enough goals or creativity in either Bolton or Charlton to go up automatically, although as ever we are waiting on tenterhooks for a couple of 11.59 reinforcements. As every fan knows,we are woefully short of creativity and energy in the middle. Personally, I would have given El Hadji Ba a chance this season. He is young and has the legs – last year when he played at Fulham when Cousins was injured he was our best player. A noble shout out for Chris Solly here, who frankly can play anywhere on the pitch and still be one of our best players. The poor bloke really deserves better than a one club career !
We had a couple of decent chances in the first half, both Ajose and the BFG should have scored, but the second half was woeful and apart from the Lookman goal, we created nothing. Charlton fans seem to love the BFG and he certainly looks the part, but yesterday as at Brighton and Reading last year, he made an awful mistake, allowing the forward to turn him, which put Bolton straight through on goal. It was a Bobby Zamora moment all over again.
The news in the Belgian press that our owner,Dr Strangelove, takes football and transfer advice from his very own football Rasputin,Thomas Dreisen,a twenty something year old fan of St Trudien will not be surprising to any Charlton fans.
Lets hope young Thomas has been combing the Dutch,Belgian and French leagues for another Reza or Anil Koc