Since I normally play tennis on Sat mornings , it was convenient for me to pass my tickets for the Millwall game to my son. Thats not to say that I didn’t do that in full knowledge that it would be a wasted day out anyway – but he’s only young- what would he know. My lifetime of support has led me to the unerring conclusion that if we were riding high at the top of the Premiership and Millwall were floundering in the Blue Sq South , a chance meeting in the Cup at the newly renovated 65,000 seater Valley stadium would result in a comfortable victory for the plucky minnows from New Cross. Yesterdays Racing Post confirmed my recollection of history , Millwall have suffered only 2 defeats at the Valley in our last 14 encounters .
So instead I pottered along to Aldershot for a far more convenient 3pm ko against Wombledon. It was a shocking game played by 2 awful teams , as a CAFC fan , it was interesting to see Harry Pell in midfield ( lanky cultured a bit Dick Tydemanesque) and John Sullivan in goal for Wimbledon . Sullivan played well , a couple of really good saves . He certainly talks a lot , he never stopped shouting at his defenders . Most interesting abuse of the day came from the Aldershot old boy in front of me who bellowed ‘Sullivan , you couldn’t save a fu…ing stamp ‘ — heavens , the youngsters of today they wouldn’t even remember those sorts of savings schemes .
Anyway, back to Charlton , now he took my advice and we are playing 2 up front , what else to do ?? The problem all season has been the lack of strength and creativity in central midfield. We needed to spend some money and the new owners couldn’t afford it. Getting in young relatively inexperienced loanees from the Premiership ( Raziak, Frimpong and Obika ) has been a complete waste of time . You need proper battle hardened professionals.
If we manage to stay up which is definitely going to be touch & go , the close season is going to be interesting. Last Year , rumour has it that TJ had to find some money at the last minute to keep us going and fund the summer £5m gap.
I wonder if we will wake up one day in May or June and find that TJ , Slater and Kevin Cash have all given up and walked away . If so , I think if I was Richard Murray , I’d go ex directory and turn off my mobile for a couple of months .
Lets hope not otherwise I might be watching a regular encounter between the Shots and Charlton in a year or two’s time.