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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Charlton 0 Sheff. Utd 3

B***ocks! That was not supposed to happen. The Addicks steam-roller was just going to move on and add another defeat to Sheffield's already large away total. Win number 10 was due. All we had to do was turn up. But... it somehow does seem typical of the miserable Brian Robson to spoil our day and in the process prove us all wrong. And it's at times like this that a real effort has to be made to find any vocabulary, apart from a number of unprintable 4 letter words.
Anyway, a chance to close the gap to Watford to a more manageable size missed and in a bit of a physical battle we were clearly not good enough, although Inspector Sands was an eye witness and remains pretty upbeat about it, even putting some of the blame in the refs direction. Blackheathaddicted has no 4 letter words and instead gives us his usual clinical analysis and some player scores and, tellingly it seems to be a constant factor when we lose, calls Reid "lacklustre".
Meanwhile, Pards is very forthright and can tell you clearly why we lost and obviously wants to move on with a "It's a disappointing night and we have to wash it away quickly".
And not surprisingly as it was the biggest home defeat of his reign at the Valley and our worst since the 3-0 against Liverpool last December - which was said to be the worst ever performance by a Premier side, I do remember - and seems to have been a shock to all of us punters.
And unfortunately, on a night when you hoped that we could keep it quiet and hope that nobody noticed, it seems that the papers were out in force.
The independent offers a little advice to Pards that has been evident previously, "on this evidence they (Sheffield) look better equipped than Charlton to cope with the physical demands of Championship football".
The telegraph simply tells us "Charlton were poor" and even the dailymail gets in on the act and points out both teams situation and planning by reminding us that "There were just two survivors in Charlton's line-up last night from the side that played out a 1-1 draw against United in April. By contrast, Robson fielded six players who featured..that night"
And lastly, there's nothing in the posh_murdoch that you didn't already know.
But if after all that you're still desperate to find out what went wrong, there's more completely neutral views from the sheff U site if needed. Their fans obviously enjoyed the encounter, not least because of the fact that our very own Nicky Weaver is of course a Wednesday fan since childhood. And not surprisingly they lost no time in reminding him.
The Addicks: Weaver; Mills, Fortune, Sodje, Basey (Bougherra 66); Sam (Varney 46), Semedo (Holland 46), Zheng, Reid, J Thomas; Iwelumo.
Subs (not used): Randolph, Ambrose.
Booked: Mills 76 (dissent)

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