Saturday, January 28, 2006

Cup Half Empty

A narrow and probably undeserved escape (again) at the hands of lower-league opposition. Full credit to Orient of course who tested us to the limit, but our consistent failure to control these types of games and win them comfortably defies belief and has been going on for too long now.

Sure, a win is a win, and I'm grateful to be in the 5th Round but I genuinely can't understand the problem. It's another reason why Curbs has never entirely convinced fans that he is a truly world-class manager as opposed to a very good one. With Curbs currently one of the favourites for the England job, one shudders to think how he might deal with home fixtures against Macedonia and Andorra in Euro 2008 qualifiers.

Fans got excited about reaching the last 16 of the Carling Cup before screwing up in monumental fashion, and if we get another favourable draw, we don't want excuses or Curbs pulling his hair out, but instead our first FA Cup quarter-final since 1999/2000.

12 Comments:

At 7:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To be fair it was Curbs' substitutions that won the game. Orient deserved at least draw.

We were lucky - went ahead so early then sat back and got complacent. Should have kille dthe agme off earlier.

Frankly our midfield was powderpuff and lacked the movement and guile to carve goal scoring opportunities (*). We just seem to need 30 seconds on the ball before passing it. Good, fluent & threatening teams usually pass after a first touch.

Hughes epitomised all these qualities (* see above) and I was pleased when he was pulled off to cheers from the North Stand (Kish and Bartlett didn't deserve the jeers - they at least worked hard and looked interested).

After the subs came on we started playing football and entertaining the crowd with some shots on goal - OK it was end to end stuff but I'd rather watch that than a string of ponderous hopeful lobs upfield to the forwards.

It was good to see JT back on the pitch and attacking defenders too - we looked the more likely team to score from that point.

Full marks to Orient though - played well and deserved the standing ovation from our supporters.

NEEDLESS

 
At 4:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw the match, and Charton were a bit lucky with that late goal. But overall they did deserve to beat Orient. If Charlton get a good draw in the last 16 they can get a decent cup run this season.

By the way tickets for the WBA are on sale for £15, I may go to the match. I still think football match tickets should be ranging from 10-15 normal price, not sale price. Chelsea are taking it far with their stupid pricing and they are just a cut throat business.

By the way it should be difficult to catch matches in New York. I suppose u can watch BBC America for match of the day, thats if they show it.

 
At 9:17 AM, Blogger Wyn Grant said...

On balance Charlton did deserve to win, a view shared by the Sunday Times this morning. Particularly when Smertin and Thomas came on, it was evident that we were superior in terms of skill

 
At 12:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We're not the only club that struggles against lower league opposition in the cup! This sort of thing happens everywhere in football; teams thinking they've got it won and easing off. Maybe you should point a finger at the players and not curbs. At least we're being knocked out by premiership teams now teams like bournemouth! Or am I tempting fate for the next round saying that....

 
At 12:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That should have been: "At least we're being knocked out by premiership teams now and not teams like bournemouth!"

 
At 8:45 PM, Anonymous Lesley Angeles said...

I am really concerned at how Curbishley is managing Murphy.

He is the only world class player at our club and it will be a travesty if he moves on to bigger and better things particularly at one of our rivals.

 
At 12:25 AM, Blogger Kappacino Kid said...

On balance we were the better team, yes our goal was flukey at the end, but no more so than their equaliser. We had the better of the play and looked the more dangerous, Hughes should have killed it off before the 1st quarter, well done Orient but they got what they deserved nothing less. Surprising that there was no Murphy, if the stories saying he is staying are true, but if he does then he needs an attitude change, was great during the early season highs but poor during the lows and worst of all has gone into hiding. If he stays he nees to put his foot in and be able to hold the ball, this season his errors have created as many opposition goals as Kish's have. Wordl Class - no, Internatiuonal Class - no Premiership class... just.

 
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