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Match preview: Charlton v Forest

Charlton fans have only just recovered from the emotion of Chris Powell's return on Saturday, but Kyle Andrews wiped away the tears for long enough to talk to us about Tuesday's game...

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Nick Miller: So, seems a fair bit has happened at Charlton since we last played you...

Kyle Andrews: It's been traumatic. Clapping the handful of players who had bothered to come and appreciate the away support after the 5-0 defeat to Watford was one of the lowest moments I've had as a Charlton fan. It came at the end of a week where a third popular manager/head coach had been let go in less than a year, been replaced by a bloke who had previously been sacked by Roland Duchatelet at Standard Liege and supporters had been lied to and treated with contempt. Apathy was rife, and, to be honest, thoughts about packing in this Charlton supporting nonsense crossed my mind.

And while the same doubts that existed at that time remain about the way the club is being run, the upturn in results in recent weeks has provided a welcome distraction. At the very least, I've binned the guide to League One away games I bought a few weeks ago.

NM: Have you recovered from the emotion of Chris Powell's return on Saturday, yet? Sounded like the perfect afternoon...

KA: It really couldn't have gone any better. Powell given the appreciation he deserved, and the thank you many couldn't give him at the time of his sacking, in addition to the current crop of Addicks putting in an outstanding performance.

The roar and chanting of his name as he walked out from the tunnel is something I and every other Charlton fan at The Valley won't forget. But Tony Watt's display will take some effort to remove from the memory bank, too.

NM: You seem to have a habit of appointing managers that don't look like football managers. Jose Riga was a suave wine salesman, Bob Peeters a vaguely hapless middle manager and Guy Luzon is a regional newsreader.

KA: Luzon is far too animated to be a regional newsreader. One moment he's perfecting the AVB crouch, the next he's chasing the ball down the touchline and having to stop himself from tackling the opposition's winger. He's probably more a Saturday morning children's TV presenter, at least until he starts to speak.

But you'd definitely trust Riga to sell you wine. He's got that look perfected.

NM: Dougie Freedman doesn't seem to move a huge amount. Just shuffles up and down the technical area in a tracksuit and box-fresh trainers in a vaguely half-hearted manner. Sometimes he has a little sit down, too. That said, whatever he's doing is working. How are your lot at pressing and closing down midfielders? Because if you stand off our players at the moment we may well slice and dice you like a cheap salami.

KA: Unfortunately, it's bad news. Arguably the most impressive aspect of our performance on Saturday was the way in which Huddersfield were given absolutely no time on the ball. Watt and Igor Vetokele press from the front, and make the Duracell Bunny look half-hearted, while Jordan Cousins does the job of about 27 men in midfield.

However, I'd question whether we can reach such levels again. Vetokele, for example, fell to the floor at full-time, and I'd imagine he's not the only tired body. We couldn't press or perform with any energy at Derby last Tuesday, and predictably got ripped to shreds.

NM: I wonder how tired our lot will be too. In six games under Freedman, Saturday was really the first time he's rotated anyone. I guess the problem you'll have is that without Britt Assombalonga to focus on, we've got goal threats coming from so many places that it's tricky to defend them. We've scored 19 goals in the last month & 15 of them have been from midfielders.

KA: You do, however, have the luxury of having quite a bit of strength in depth. We've got Christophe Lepoint on our bench - a man whose ability as a Richard O'Brien lookalike (he of The Crystal Maze fame) vastly outweighs his footballing skills.

Our main forward threat is definitely Watt. Three goals doesn't seem like the biggest return on paper, but he disrupts opposition defences with his directness and allows others to capitalise.

We could be without one of his chief partners in crime, however. Johann Berg Gudmundsson has a knock, and he's often been a game changer. I think he'd be disgusted in himself if he scored a tap in.

NM: Good point. At the moment we've got enough in reserve to leave an enormously promising loanee from Chelsea (Todd Kane) out of our matchday squad altogether. Who will play on the right for you? Our weakness is very definitely Danny Fox at left-back, who basically reacts to wingers running at him by crying, soiling himself and hiding in a hole somewhere.

KA: If he's fit enough, I would imagine recent signing Chris Eagles will come in. He's looked decent enough in a couple of cameo appearance. If not, Frederic Bulot will move over to the right and Callum Harriott, who scored at the City Ground in December, will come in.

We've got our own Fox at left-back - Morgan. He didn't look up to it for most of the season, but he's done very well in recent weeks. He even got in WhoScored's Team of the Week, which is a bit generous. Probably suggests every other left back had a shocker this weekend, or those stats are to be ignored.

NM: Let's have a prediction, then.

KA: Genuinely quite a tough one to call, given both sides' form. I'd say your ability to rotate and lack of fresh injuries gives you an advantage, but if Watt plays like the best thing to come out of Scotland since shortbread biscuits again, then we've got every chance.

In other words, a 1-1 draw.

Kyle runs the very splendid Charlton blog Chris Powell's Flat Cap, and you can follow him on Twitter @KyleHAndrews