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POST-MATCH THREAD: Charlton Athletic vs Cambridge Utd: Saturday 9th December 2023 | KO 3.00PM

edited December 2023 in General Charlton
Cambridge came to the Valley in poor form and under very new management, with Neil Harris only appointed a few days ago. The visitors had probably the better of the first half, which was scrappy and uninspiring. They thrived on set pieces, having seven corners in the half, but failed to truly test Ashley Maynard-Brewer. Charlton were scrappy, defended resolutely, but found it difficult going forward. 

The second half was much better for the Addicks. Alfie May scored on 51 minutes, set up by substitute Daniel Kanu, making an immediate impact. Charlton scored again through brilliant wing play from Corey Blackett-Taylor bursting into the box with successive stepovers and stutter steps before lofting an inch-perfect cross to find Chem Campbell’s head. At two up, Charlton looked good for the three points. That is, until the wheels fell off. With lagging legs, substitutions were made, but when the first went in on 87 minutes, from a basic corner set piece and a free header, the writing was on the wall. With our inability to keep clean sheets we always look vulnerable and, though we defended well for 85 minutes, we just couldn’t see the game out and the momentum shifted to the away side. With 8 minutes of added time, Cambridge had enough left to manufacture a comeback. The leveler came as the result of a rather dubious penalty, after Tayo Edun clipped the Cambridge attacker’s legs what looked to be a yard outside the box. Nevertheless, a penalty was given and dispatched in the 96th minute.

We’re an okay side going absolutely no where right now. We’re not tough enough and we’re not clever enough to be competing at the right end of the table and it remains seen whether anything significant will be done in the January transfer window to change it.

Charlton 2 Cambridge 2

Over to you.



  • We Just can't keep clean sheets. Haven't been able to for a couple of years now. Stupid mistakes. Thomas who had a good game up until he left he's marker. It happens every game without fail. We look so lightweight and the only player who puts his foot , Dobson , isn't exactly a big lump. 
    We need to get in some players who are up for the fight in January. Or wait till the summer because we're not going to make the play offs. 
  • Awful first half. Fraser was particularly awful. Much more watchable second. Penalty was just outside, but did look inside on first viewing. Fair result, but ultimately, nowhere near where we need to be.
  • Excellent review sums it up. Clearly going to be a tough ask of biblical proportions to get into the playoffs and I think in my opinion both Dobbo and Cbt will be off as they're wasted here. It will be interesting to see who we sign soon but seeing our kids thrown in so early is not we need over the next 20 matches. 
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  • edited December 2023
    Results like this make you wish you had a cup competition to look forward to.

    Season’s practically over & it’s 9th Dec!! They’ll do well to give away them half season tickets.
  • It would be interesting if you take away all the May goals where this team would be. The owners aren't going to pay out for new players. Same old story 
  • There is no monopoly on feeling frustrated and angry and we ALL feel it. Some have more patience than others, but after that oh so predictable ending, it makes it that much harder to believe. How do you stop caring?
  • Ach. They actually fought hard and defended brilliantly second half until two moments let us down. And yes, you knew I'd say this, but feel especially bad for Hector, who'd played close to a perfect game. Convinced we're cursed, but if we'd had people who weren't kids to bring on, it might have helped. If Kanu coming on was one turning point, CBT going off was the other
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  • Absolutely criminal first half performance with not a single player walking away with any credit, but senior players like Fraser in particular should hang their heads in shame. Any decent team would have been 3 or 4 up but Cambridge were poor. 

    We were very comfortable at 2-0 but completely fell asleep. Appleton can take a good chunk of credit for bringing on a bunch of kids to see out a game. 

    4 points and 3 grim performances against Carlisle, Cheltenham and Cambridge is completely unacceptable. Unless we pull off a miracle in the January window it’s another mid table finish at best. 
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