Albion 0 – 2 Charlton

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Gus Poyet has brought in a new keeper for a week long loan/trial period, although Michel Kuipers is available again, and boy will we need a good goalkeeping display tonight against Charlton. The teams are announced and after all that hype Graeme Smith will start in goal, oo-er. Every cloud has a silver lining though – Albion Legend Peter Ward is in the BBC Radio Sussex studio after the game for the phone-in.

El-Abd and one of theirs booked inside two minutes, is it going to be another Albion card frenzy tonight? Tunnicliffe hits the bar from a corner!!! Charlton clear. We’re playing the Addicks off the park so far. Elphick booked now for backchat. Fuck sake!!! Second effort on goal and Charlton score, 0-1. Next Charlton attack……2-0! We are officially fucking shit. Half-time, Saints are 1-0 up, we are right now two points adrift in the relegation zone.

Second half – Dicker booked on 54 mins. Jim McNulty is back! He comes on for El-Abd, come on Macca! Another little ray of light on a typically gloomy Withdean night. Dickinson comes on for a quiet Nicky Forster. Crofts puts the ball in the net – disallowed for a foul on the Addicks keeper. It’s not going to happen tonight folks. Double save from Smith, ironic cheers from the frozen Withdean crowd. Poyet throws Craig Davieees on for one last hurrah with three strikers. And that’s it, we got sweet F.A. off any of the Big Three in the end; Poyet and his sidekick Taricco have it all to do, and who would envy them in such a Sisyphean task?

The Hovian’s Albion Team Performance :   3 out of 10

The Hovian’s Albion Man of the Match : Behave!

Albion Team (goalscorers in bold):

(4-4-2) Smith; Hoyte, Tunnicliffe, Elphick, El-Abd (McNulty 55); Bennett, Dicker (Davieeees 85), Crofts, Navarro; Forster (Dickinson 60), Murray

Subs: Pelling, Whing, McNulty, Cox, Dickinson, Virgo, C.Davies

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3 Responses to “Albion 0 – 2 Charlton”

  1. glasfryn Says:

    Well Gus reckons we did play well and I must say it did sound pretty good and one really good thing to come out of the game was the return of Macca.
    now its onwards and upwards until we play the dreaded 4 again and maybe by then we will have a settled team and better understanding between the players (Virgo and Smith come to mind and you would think that Virgo would understand Smithy’s deep Scots accent as he played there for a few years).
    the two Notts forest players have gone home and I don’t fancy their chances if they can’t get into the Albion team but it did sound like they lacked any passion.
    so plenty of well connected players coming in January (freebies I hope)

    G

  2. The Hovian Says:

    I know mate, November was shocker fixture-wise for us, and I’m home for the return matches and will be going to each one.

    In fact I’m leaving A’stan for good in January (hopefully for good I mean!). So I’ll get a last chance to visit Elland Road and the Valley again before Leeds & Charlton disappear over the horizon into Championship football. Gus and Treacle near to clear out dead wood in the back four in January – up front and midfield we’re not too bad, another midfield general would be good to cover Crofts and Dicker though. It’s our back four and keeper – I’d only keep Macca, Kuipers, Tunnicliffe, El-Abd and possibly Elphick and/or Wright – the rest I’d get rid off.

    Cheers again buddy

    • glasfryn Says:

      you are right looking at the video of the game for the second goal there 4 Albion players there that might have cleared the ball ………..we did not play all that badly other than the blooming goals.

      G

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