Vital Football

Latest Charlton Athletic News

The Times They Are A Changing

The Times They Are A Changing

Another big game on Saturday when promotion hopefuls Sheffield Wednesday pitch up at The Valley. Former Addick, Nicky Weaver, will be in goal for the Owls, having joined the team he supports in the summer. Charlton will hope to build on that thrilling win at Carlisle but may have to change one or two things to turn hope into reality.

Only Charlton can match the 12 goals Wednesday have scored on their travels, whereas only Tranmere, ensconsed in the bottom four, have scored fewer goals at home than the Owls. Alan Irvine, long time assistant to David Moyes at Everton, set up his Preston side to play a counter
attacking game and has continued with that ethos at Hillsborough.

There should be no surprises for Parkinson in how the visitors will approach the game but can he find a strategy to counter it?

The Charlton defence has come under scrutiny of recent times and Parkinson may well make changes for Saturday. Elliot has not been in good form but seems to have the manager's confidence. Most at risk could be Gary Doherty. The Doc has not been at his best recently and is not the quickest.

Jon Fortune, who was clearly unhappy at being 'bombed' at Carlisle is a more mobile option. Fortune has done little wrong since his return and was unlucky to be taken off against Brighton. He may well get his chance this week.

The central midfielders will have to be on their mettle too. Racon is frequently criticised but Semedo has not been great either. After the break, Carlisle played diagonal balls over the top for Ben Marshall to run on to and the tactic found Charlton wanting.

Semedo and Racon - or possibly McCormack - will need to stem the supply line. Parkinson may well decide the more competitive McCormack is the better option for this match. With players of the quality of James O'Connor, Tommy Miller, Gary Teale, Chris Sedgwick and former Liverpool youngster Darren Potter available, Irvine's side will be able to break with both phyical and mental speed.

Another ex-Liverpool player, Neil Mellor, is available as a target man with the likes of Clinton Morrison, Marcus Tudgay and Paul Heffernan, who gave the Addicks back-line a torrid time at Bristol Rovers in March, also in the squad, it's easy to see how dangerous Wednesday can be.

Charlton will have to rely largely on service from wide areas to create chances. Paul Benson has shown what he can do if he gets the right service and the pace and power of Joe Anyinsah will cause the ageing Darren Purse problems.

The defence and their midfield shield will need to get tighter to their opponents than they have recently. The marking at set pieces, particularly corners, needs to be worked on too. If they do their job properly, Wagstaff, Jackson and Francis on the overlap, could deliver enough bullets for Charlton to win.

Should his team fall behind, Parkinson could introduce the trickery of Martin and the physical presence of Abbott or Sodje as an alternative. It should be a fascinating contest.

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Red God
Date:Tuesday October 26 2010
Time: 10:51AM

Best of Vital Network

Comments

0
I'd love to see Ian Mellor in our attack!
nickswfc
26/10/2010 11:30:00
0
im not sure about this ian mellor fella, im quite happy with neil mellor.
DEZZYP
26/10/2010 14:54:00
0
I think this will be a tight hard fought game...I would stick with 4-4-2 formation and whip in crosses for Benson
weloveyoucharlton
27/10/2010 10:22:00
0
It'll be a tough, tough match. I think it'd take a draw but a win would be brilliant.
Charlton Addickt
28/10/2010 12:19:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Charlton Athletic Articles

Will We? Are We?

A mind-blowing question.

No More Quarter Final Replays For Charlton

Should Charlton Athletic progress through to an FA Cup quarter final from the 2016/17 season onwards, the game will no longer be subject to a replay.

The Next Possible Please

The Search goes on

Rochdale Boss Hill A Charlton Option?

Hill has guided Rochdale from League 2 to League 1 stability, and very nearly play-off finishes in the last two seasons, so could be a good option if there is an interest.

Archived Vital Charlton Articles

Vital Charlton articles from

Site Journalists

Michael Tucker
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Burnley MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Pope10%
Fanni10%
Diarra2%
Teixeira1%
Fox3%
Harriott2%
Kashi1%
Cousins1%
Lookman17%
Berg Gudmundsson47%
Vetokele2%
Sub - Jackson1%
Sub - Yun Suk-young2%
Sub - Ba1%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Burnley 46 26 15 5 93 37
P Middlesbrough 46 26 11 9 89 32
3 Brighton 46 24 17 5 89 30
4 Hull City 46 24 11 11 83 34
5 Derby County 46 21 15 10 78 23
6 Sheff Wed 46 19 17 10 74 21
7 Ipswich 46 18 15 13 69 2
8 Cardiff 46 17 17 12 68 5
9 Brentford 46 19 8 19 65 5
10 Birmingham 46 16 15 15 63 4
11 Preston 46 15 17 14 62 0
12 Q.P.R. 46 14 18 14 60 0
13 Leeds Utd 46 14 17 15 59 -8
14 Wolves 46 14 16 16 58 -5
15 Blackburn 46 13 16 17 55 0
16 Forest 46 13 16 17 55 -4
17 Reading 46 13 13 20 52 -7
18 Bristol City 46 13 13 20 52 -17
19 Huddersfield 46 13 12 21 51 -11
20 Fulham 46 12 15 19 51 -13
21 Rotherham 46 13 10 23 49 -18
R Charlton 46 9 13 24 40 -40
R MK Dons 46 9 12 25 39 -30
R Bolton 46 5 15 26 30 -40
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Charlton Athletic Results (view all)

Charlton Athletic Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.JeromeThomas145
2.ColinPowellsMower5
3.rorzzman4
4.Hail Hibernian1
5.gear1
6.djandrew1
7.charlton061
8.bunniksideFCU1