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  1. It's been a weird season and not one I want to repeat next year from our perspective! We secured safety beating Rochdale at the weekend, which has put them right in it and depending on what Oldham do they might need to beat Charlton to survive. Beating Donny, Southend, and Rochdale in fairly short order made it look pretty comfortable in the end but it was too close for comfort for me and a couple of goals going in the opposite direction could have put us in real trouble. Robinson has already let a lot of players go that were signed by the previous manager (which seems a little odd as we still have a game left against Blackburn) and noises from the new chairman regarding the type of player we're looking to recruit sound positive. We've got the nucleus of a decent team to build on, so I'm hoping for a better summer recruitment this time and feel quietly optimistic we'll have a better stab at it next year. Unlucky to just miss out on the playoffs @neoELITE (well unless something mental happens on the last day), given where you were earlier in the season it's quite the turnaround though. I guess it goes to show that a few injuries at the wrong time can really throw you off course, no coincidence that our downturn started when Nelson got injured. See you all again next season.
  2. I've been quiet recently as we haven't had a huge amount to cheer about and it's been pretty depressing being dragged into a relegation scrap. Oldham - a game neither team wanted to lose really. Cagey, short on finishing quality from both sides. A pretty boring nil nil but with some decent spells of play. Fleetwood - how we didn't get something out of this I have no idea. Dominated the entire game only to be sucker punched in stoppage time by a worldie from a player (McAleny) who played for us last season. It would have to be him wouldn't it. Massive disappointment for the players more than anything as they had fought for everything all game. Southend - we never do well against Southend but probably had one of our best first halves this season and managed to go in 2-0 up at the break. If either side could finish properly it should have been about 4-4 by then but there you go. I think we deserved to win this on balance, and it took some of the pressure off but we were still in a slightly precarious situation. Wigan - my only real hope before this was that we didn't lose too badly given our 0-7 record defeat earlier in the season. We almost managed to nick a point and whilst many of the Wigan fans complained we were setup defensively, we're obviously not going to try and play you at your own game! Didn't see them trying to play a passing possession based game against Man City. We rested some key players to try and get something out of the Doncaster game. Doncaster - scraped a win slightly against the run of play, a massive win for us and whilst we're not mathematically safe it's made it pretty unlikely we'll hit the drop. Worrying our established strikers have only scored 1 goal in 16 matches which is abysmal. I think it's unfair to blame them solely though as they're not getting great service. One thing is clear, we have a rebuild job on our hands before next season. Rochdale up next for our last home game of the season, instead of a 6 pointer it's become a "don't lose". I'm hoping that after the game I'll finally be able to relax and enjoy a pint. As much as the Charlton fans have been moaning about Karl Robinson, he's made a lot of difference to the performances since he's been here. Whilst looking at results only you could be forgiven for thinking not much has changed, we are more organised and difficult to break down now. Each player seems more motivated and we're scrapping and grafting for everything rather than heads going down. He recognises the deficiencies in the squad and is trying to do the best to sort out the mess left behind by some terrible recruitment last summer. If we manage to stay up (you could do us a favour here and beat Rochdale tonight Neoelite) then I'm quietly optimistic about KR can do with a squad of his own and a full season.
  3. Yeah I don't think 3-0 really reflected the game, but fair play you put your chances away when they came. The pen was definitely the turning point, no excuse for Mowatt's behaviour which was daft, but Thompson wasn't exactly an innocent party. I don't think he needs anyone to tell him that though, I'm sure he'll think about that in his own time. I think we've got enough quality in the squad to keep us up though, despite our recent results! Good luck for your playoff push
  4. Oh don't get me wrong, I don't think he's the messiah - but given some of the other names that were mooted he's probably the least worst choice. We're keeping our two assistants on it seems so hopefully they can temper some of his excesses/bad habits and keep our ethos alive. Time will tell I guess, I'm just hoping we stay up and anything that helps with that is a plus right now.
  5. Robinson it is, pretty happy with that tbh. If they'd announced him when Pep left I think most fans would have been pretty pleased. The amount of time this has dragged on and talk of "wow" appointments obviously changed some expectations, but I'd prefer someone with managerial experience who knows the league.
  6. Well it's getting a bit squeaky as some of the teams below us are hitting a bit of form - I'm certainly not going to feel comfortable until we're over the 50 point mark. Looking at the bookies list of potential candidates it's pretty depressing reading really. KR wouldn't be a terrible appointment, but I don't think it shows a huge amount of ambition either. Graham Potter would be a good appointment but as he's just signed a contract extension at Ostersunds I can't see it happening (not sure what's prompted the bookies to shorten his odds). Worryingly Jaap Stam has been sacked by Reading today and he worked with our new owner at Reading (in fact he might have hired him!).
  7. Yeah I think we dodged a bullet with Evans, although we may still be hit!
  8. I guess you've got a manager at least - we're into week 8 now without an appointment. The new chairman keeps talking about a "wow" appointment which has me a bit worried..
  9. You could see flashes of nice stuff, I assume that was players deviating from the script though as Evans seemed to be going apesh*t at them at various points throughout the game.
  10. The only time I can recall any trouble (apart from our usual ding dong with Swindon which inevitably gets a bit tasty) involved BR "fans". Me and a mate were leaving the ground when a load of them started charging across the car park at people, police in riot gear struggling to keep up with them. Some handbags ensued then they escorted then into the bar on the other side wtf? Getting them more tanked up didn't seem like the most sensible move. Unexpected win against Peterborough, for once everyone showed some fight and got stuck in - the early goal probably helped in that respect. I don't think we've actually been playing as badly as our results might suggest, it's just the odd silly mistake letting us down. I think we've lost by a single goal in 6 out of the last 8 games so it's not like we've been getting totally thumped (recently at least). Didn't realise Steve Evans was managing Peterborough. Thought they were a reasonably progressive footballing team who played some nice stuff before, he's obviously already working hard on undoing all of that. I found his moaning about supposed time wasting at the end of the game particularly funny given his past record. One thing I will say about Saturday though is it was bitterly cold. Snowed the entire game and the wind supposedly took it down to -7, they had run out of Bovril by half time too unbelievable. When they announced 7 minutes of stoppage time I think there was a collective groan around the ground!
  11. Alarm bells are definitely ringing. Maybe he'll resurrect the "Thames Valley Royals"
  12. We've just been bought by a Thai businessman and Craig Bellamy now seems to be odds on to be our new manager. Wtf is going on?!
  13. I think if you'd watched the game as a neutral not knowing the form the two teams were in it would be have been tricky to guess who was who (well, apart from our woeful finishing). Just felt for the players, the amount of stick they're getting from some of our "fans" recently is totally unwarranted and they put in a really good performance at the weekend and ended up with nothing. That said, given your form and our form I think a narrow loss was still pretty respectable from them and hopefully gives them some confidence going into the next game. Although that is against Northampton - and we never win there.
  14. Can't believe we didn't get something out of the game today, we were camped outside of the Plymouth box for most of the second half but couldn't find a goal. So frustrating. On a positive note if we play like that for the rest of the games we have left I wouldn't have any worries about getting into a relegation scrap, massive improvement over the Bristol performance. Real shame Rothwell went off injured again in the first half, he looked liked our most dangerous player. Hopefully he'll be back again soon.
  15. Well we still can't defend based on what I saw yesterday, so enjoy your 3 points next week.
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