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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Welling Preview

Make no mistake tonights game in Massive for both clubs. Charlton have to get back to winning ways after 2 away defeats and only 3 points to show from the opening three games of the season.

Seriously though, tonights game is important as we set to recover from conceding 6 goals away from home, a statistic that was all too frequent last season. After the awesome proportions of the Mestalla it's definitely going to be a trip down-market as we wing down to the homely Park View ground to take on Welling United.

The local Conference South lost their only home pre-season friendly to Grays 2-1 but have beaten Herne Bay 2-0, Erith 5-0 and Folkstone 1-0 on the road. Lucky we're playing them at home then.

A game that surely demands an attacking formation from Charlton with Marcus Bent partnering Jimmy-Floyd up front as Darren is still resting that injured finger. Anything less than 5 goals will be seen as a relative disaster so perhaps an attacking 4-2-4 will see us solve our mid-field problems in a stroke.

Has Monica seen enough of the youngsters by now? Nathan Ashton seems to have claimed the left-back spot, playing all 90 minutes in the heat in Valencia with Luke Young and Rommedahl set to hold the right-side positions. Everything else seems up for grabs, with no clear candidate for first-choice goalkeeper being made while the centre of defence seems between El Karkouri, Hermann and Sorondo.

And the Midfield? Dowie praised Holland for his non-stop effort in Valencia but the changes made at half-time seemed to lift Charlton. So let's see Kish and Sam together again as we did at the Mestalla in the second 45 minutes and stick Euell up-front for a decent runaround. We need goals as well as training ground barbis to lift our spirits.

Meanwhile the injury list seems to be building alarmingly. Apart from Darren B and Jerome Thomas already out, we have after Valencia, Darren Ambrose with a jarred knee, Sorondo's tightening hamstring and El Karkouri with a severe case of dizziness. We can only hope that the promised "one or two bodies" materialize rather quickly to strength the squad and that they are capable of more than hard work.


John Phillips said...

Why is he called Monica?

nelson said...

Well, John you'll have to ask Frankie Valley that. He's the one who dreams up these names and as you can see they tend to stick.