12 April 2009

Charlton 0 Birmingham 0

Another goalless draw, another pointless point. Another really dull first half. Charlton again playing 4-5-1 with the increasingly lacklustre Tresor Kandol supposedly providing a target and Jonjo Shelvey running off him. No surprise there, but it was surprising how uninterested Birmingham seemed in winning the game. They've got a big impressive squad, with lots of recognisable names, but maybe they're all getting on a bit. Lee Bowyer, for example, is a shadow of the player he once was (and in some ways that's a good thing). It's an expensive squad too, and if they don't get promotion, they'll be in trouble.

Second half was much better, lively and open, but as time went on you'd have thought that Charlton were the team going for promotion. Maik Taylor was by far the busier keeper, and right at the end he managed a magical reflex save to deny Charlton the points they - on the whole - deserved. Perhaps we were at last seeing what this team could have done if Zheng Zhi and Therry Racon had been fit all season and if - a bigger if - the managers had not destroyed the team's confidence and coherence with all the loans and the team changes.

Someone apparently was collecting nominations for player of the year. It's hard to think of one. I'm tempted to vote for Yassin Moutaouakil, another player completely destroyed in the course of this awful season.

1 comment :

Keith said...

Norwich City are also collecting votes for player of the season. For the second season in a row, the front runner is 'none of the above'.