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Thursday, October 11, 2007

The Best Midfielder in the Fizzies?

Well, the good news from over there by the Liffey is that after the scan nothings been shown to be broken - thank god for that - but it looks like Andy Reid's swollen ankle will keep him out of the World Cup qualifier against Germany on Saturday and to emphasize the point Sunderlands' midfielder Liam Miller has been drafted in by boss Steve Staunton.
Quite honestly the really good news would be that the ankle kept him out of both the Irish games and left him ready to get fit for the forthcoming visit to Wolves.
Wolves, in preparation for our visit, have also drafted in a new player with the 19 year-old midfielder Darron Gibson joining on a three-month loan deal from Manure. McCarthy can thank Coventry for the move as its due to Manures' exit from the Carling that has lead Fergie to announce recently that his young players would be available on loan after his side crashed out of the Carling Cup to Coventry.
Gibson, will have a tough time getting noticed as he's the 14th midfielder on the Wolves books, and he'll have to battle it out with the likes of the huge 6' 4" Nigerian Seyi Olofinjana, last season's top goalscorer with 11, to get a game in the Wolves midfield. Wolves boss Mick McCarthy has recently hailed the Nigerian the best midfielder in the Championship and had this to say recently about tongue-twister Olofinjana, "If there's a better midfielder in the Championship then I'd like to see him."
Which is the perfect encouragement for our Reidie to get himself fit again for the visit to Molineux on Saturday week. Sit back Mick you're about to see him.
One Point 5 Million, summer buy from Southend Freddy Eastwood is their top goalscorer with 3 but after starting like a train and netting in each of the first three games of the season he's having a bit of a barren spell and hasn't scored in the last 7, so started the last game, a 1-0 last minute goal, home win over Coventry, on the bench.
But with 6 players having started the 10 fizzy games - the Addicks only have two ever-presents, Weaver and Semedo - they have a much settled side but sadly ex-Addick Jay Bothroyd isn't one of them. He hasn't started a game yet and after 6 substitute appearances has scored just once.
Wolves are having a good run unbeaten in four and with only 2 goals conceded in their last five games. From their 5 home games, they've won 3 and lost 2, beating Coventry 1-0, Norwich 2-0 and Blackpool 2-1 but losing to Hull 0-1 and on the opening day of the season, 1-2 against Watford with both Watford goals coming in the last 3 minutes.
So 7th in the table with 15 points, just 4 behind us, it'll be another difficult game for the Addicks and with Wolves only having scored 11 times - only one other team outside the bottom three has scored less - and with the Addicks having scored in every game, we can expect a close, tough encounter.
And before anyone writes in to mention it, yesterday's deliberate mistake was in stating that Fulham are the premier side with most ex-Addicks. Of course, West Ham with their links to the Valley have more with no less that 4 ex Charlton players. Sadly Paul Konchelsky isn't one of them but they still have Carlton Cole, Lee Bowyer, Jonathan Spector and Scott Parker.

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