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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Pards Boys

With another "Cup Final" on Saturday against Portsmouth and with Pardew desperate to improve our appalling away record who's he going to pick for this next game against Portsmouth away?

He's been in charge now for 5 matches with 1 win, 1 draw and now 3 consecutive defeats. We've scored 5 goals but conceded 12! There's only been 2 ever-presents in those 5 matches and those have been the Elk and Holland for all of the 450 minutes. Between the posts its been Carson 360 minutes and Myhre 90 but Randolph now has been on the bench in the last two games.

In the defence HH is on 270 minutes but with 2 games out injured, Diawara has played 243 minutes, Sankofa 209 (but two suspensions), and Fortune 147.

In midfield Ambrose, apart from Holland, has played the most and has now completed 401 minutes, with Kish on 231, Faye 104, Hughes 100 and Reid has only 90 after his 6 games out injured.

Of our two wingers Rommers has 369 mins, Thomas 108.

Marcus Bent has 417 and Hasselbaink 197 with Darren B only having played the first 2 games under Pardew against Fulham and Aston Villa.

So Saturday's team looks look the following with a return to the 4-5-1 we used against Arsenal:
Sankofa, Elk, HH and Thatcher
Rommerdahl, Holland, Reid, Kish and Ambrose,
Marcus Bent.
The bench looks like: Randolph, with Diawara, ZZ, Faye or Hughes and Thomas.

But was the behind-doors friendly against Reading on Tuesday enough to show ZZ what English football is all about? Looks like the plan to bring him on for the first time against Chelsea reserves on Monday has been changed.

So go for broke Pards, stick the Chinaman in - Holland, ZZ and Reid in midfield with Kish behind them. Ambrose (or Rommerdahl) out wide to give some width and Marcus on his own up front and when those have stopped running change 'em both for Thomas and Sam.

For anyone who's interested, Valladolid did the business last night and beat the Primera boys from Villareal 1-0 on the night to go through 3-1 on aggregate into the last 8 of the Cup maintaining their unbeaten run which now stands at 19 games. Will this be the Addicks next season? No, 'cause not.

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