Critical to Stable Condition
It's probably a sign of how far we have come that we sit comfortably in the top half of the table with 11 points from 7 games, yet most of Charlton fans would agree that we've looked less than convincing throughout. However, a hard fought three points against Blackburn was perhaps deserved (at least on the second half performance) and now we approach three treacherous fixtures with a reasonable tally on the board.
I watched the game with a fellow Addick in New York, proudly sporting the 1970s Bukta shirt. Both of us agreed that Lisbie looked the part, and whilst he can look deceptively lazy, tonight few could argue he gave less than 100%. Elsewhere, it was hard to pick out many outstanding performances, though Murphy looked more comfortable in midfield and Young put in a solid evening's work. Plus at least those of us who thought Curbs had a secret soft spot for Kishishev were proved wrong, for 70 mins at least.
It's disappointing to think that one of the fastest players in Europe can't find a place in the starting line-up at home, and it begs the question whether Rommedahl will ever play a major part in the side (a worrying one too given the money we splashed out for him). As much as I rate Graham Stuart's workrate and desire, I surely can't be alone in wanting to hear Rommedahl's name announced in the eleven, in much the same way as I wanted to hear Di Canio's last season.
However, it's comforting to know that three points are in the bag and we move onto Highbury, with at least one displaced Charlton fan wondering, just wondering, whether we might be the team to bring their majestic run to an end. 25/1 anyone?