Our home results have been so poor that I guess the answer is that we just aren’t good enough to get promoted. It’s difficult to take because the Division is full of rubbish teams. I don’t have anything against Gillingham but they weren’t very good and will be closer to the bottom than the top at the end of the season. I would have picked the same team as Bow and, apart from letting 3 goals AGAIN, I thought we played well, but that’s no good is it ???
If I’m honest I don’t know the solution either. I’m not a great fan of Shinnie because our back 4 needs more protection and although I know he is a talented lad but I still think our midfield is too lightweight physically when he plays. The loss of JFC was a turning point today, he has been playing the best football of his Charlton career, he will be a big miss if he is out for long. Purrington had an excellent game until the 86th minute when he backed off too far for their 3rd goal – its all just too depressing and predictable.
If I had to guess, I would say that we will finish in mid table. This summer is going need a huge player recruitment ( again). The big worry has to be up front where we have to assume that Chuks will go to a Championship club to sit on the bench. Stockley will return to Preston and hope for a Championship move, likewise Millar to Liverpool which will leave us with Washington and Ronnie (who has so far looked out of his depth)`. Recruiting a couple of 10-15 goals a year strikers will be a big challenge.
In defence and the middle, there will be a huge clear out too, Watson, Pratley, Pearce, JFC, Deji ,Morgan on top of the loanees, Maatsen and Famewo.
Depressingly, Its going to be as big a rebuild as all of the last few years and consequently I think it will take 3 seasons to get out of this division which is how long it has always taken us.
I want to be optimistic but I don’t feel it