Firstly this is not a moan because I thought under the circumstances yesterday the new boys all did well and frankly even though the game was pretty awful, we won so who cares.
However, I do think its a bit early to draw any conclusions. Fans are already raving about Inniss and he certainly made a difference in the air but he looked shaky on the floor to me.
I thought Smyth was very busy and irritating to their defenders and he certainly put 100% work in. Ultimately, though his final shot or pass was ineffective. Aneke had a stormer and Bogle looked OK when he came on. Some Charlton lifers seem a bit unsure about Watson. I just think he is fantastic, sure he misplaces the odd pass but he is the heartbeat and metronome of the team. He is the sort of player that ensures you get 1-0 wins. Anyway its all about opinions.
I am firmly in the camp of us still needing a regular goal scorer as the final piece in the jigsaw- I think its very telling that the number 9 jersey remains unallocated. I assume that we will try to be thereabouts of the play off positions by the end of the year and hope to pick up a proven goal scorer in the Jan window to push us into the play offs – it has worked before, older fans will remember the impact of Jim Melrose and then Mark Bright in previous generations.
Anyway, finally how about this as an idea. If I was the manager I’d be tempted to push Doughty in as a No 9 playing alongside a physical striker like Aneke or Bogle. We could use Smyth then on the wing. Doughty has pace, skill, can beat a man, he is strong, brave and he can head. I think he is a bit wasted at left wing back- also he’s not the best defender. We did it years ago with Mike Flanagan converting him from winger to striker and it worked like a dream.