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Saturday, October 01, 2005

Time to take Charlton seriously if they beat Spurs

So Charlton are in second place with less than a fifth of the season gone. They have started the season with five wins and a loss at home to Chelsea. In their five wins they have only conceded two goals. However, the five wins have been against teams who Chartlon are expected to beat: Wigan, Sunderland, West Brom, an injury-hit Birmingham, and an inconsistent Middlesborough.

If they can beat investment-heavy Spurs today at the Valley it will be time to take serious notice of Curbishley's Charlton. Too many times they have gone on good runs in the Premiership for it all to end in a run of defeats. But with new acquisitions Smertin and Bent earning excellent reviews, Rommedahl and Thomas performing effectively on the wings, and Murphy displaying England form, Charlton look to have more about them this season.

Davids and Co have conceded only three goals in their first seven games- and just like Charlton two of these were against Chelsea. Spurs also have a feel-good factor: aside from the purchase of a world class player like Davids, they have bought in a clutch of young promising players in the past two years, have acquired the very likeable Martin Jol as a progressive coach, and of course have the excellent Ledley King and Paul Robinson within their defence. I tipped Spurs to grab fourth place at the start of the season and this is where they are as I write.

I doubt Charlton when up against opposition with such high class players. A defeat at home to Chelsea this season, a complete walloping at home to Man Utd last season, and seven goals conceded against Arsenal in their past two encounters are some examples to back-up my doubts. They did achieve the double over Spurs last season, but Spurs look to have a more confident mentality this season and will be keen for a win that will bring them level with Charlton.

If Charlton are to win today then surely the player who has to perform is EFT player of the month for September: Danny Murphy. His form has been superb, revelling in a three man central midfield which gives him more freedom to concentrate on his attacking game. This season he already has three goals to his name, his all-round passing has been outstanding, and he has been deadly at set-pieces. A continuation of this form today aginst Davids, Carrick, and Jenas will surely net him a deserved England squad place.

And if he features in a victory against 'feel-good' Spurs, it will definitely be time to start considering Charlton as a team with high-standard, Premiership aspirations.

5 Comments:

Blogger Mr.Thomas said...

cogent and lucid comments. two teams for whom a victory would bring serious credit. I have to say tottenhams fixtures have been tougher so far, if their strikers can start firing then they should outclass charlton.

10/01/2005 2:34 pm

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And so it proved! :-)

10/01/2005 7:42 pm

 
Blogger RedsMan said...

Nice article, T, I wonder if, as a Goner fan, you wrote it with one eye on casting some bad luck Spur's way?? But your words are certainly appropriate, as Charlton have enjoyed a number of good runs at the beginning of a season only to falter towards the end. Those mentioned, notably including Bent and Murphy, are looking great potential, as England still continue to build to a more progressive squad of players.

I also wondered if Curbishley's words today, about the attention drawn to Eriksson's trip to The Valley, had in themselves brought pressure onto Murphy and Bent. Martin Jol has chosen a very decent group of players to integrate into the team, I like Lee Young-Pyo who looks quick, strong and tenacious, and if his crossing is equal, he is a good replacement for the hastily departed Edman.

While Charlton have had a good run with two defeats, I suspect their defence is their weakness point and that perhaps became clear today. As they have yet to face Arsenal, Man Utd, Liverpool and already have faced Chelsea, teams whose players have the knack of getting around the defence, they will learn after then whether their good run is a well earned one for the future.


RedsMan.

10/01/2005 9:26 pm

 
Blogger T said...

Yes, my doubts about Charlton came home to roost in some style yesterday. Looking like extending their points tally after going two goals up, only for Spurs to hit three goals in under 30 minutes- this will have really hurt the Addicks.

Mr Thomas was spot-on: Spurs quality cluster of strikers all featured in producing a magnificent comeback. More predictions of this quality are always welcome on EFT.

Last note to my great friend, Redsman: I am an Arsenal man first, but I like what Spurs are doing and considered them favourites for victory yesterday, hence the title of my article.

And it also allowed me to introduce out player of the month, Danny Murphy- who lived up to this billing with a great game yesterday. His passing repertoire is getting better all the time.

10/02/2005 10:27 am

 
Blogger Skippy said...

Charlton are playing well, but yesterday's result is an indication of what we can expect from them. They will have a good season and finish in the top 10.

10/02/2005 8:45 pm

 

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