Saturday, September 01, 2007

Handy Tod

There's not much I can add about a game that I followed via text message, except to say it's a great away win regardless of the acquisition of local bragging rights, but let's not forget the exact same three points will be available at Layer Road in a fortnight.

I was firmly of the opinion that Todorov was instrumental in the second half comeback last weekend, and following a stunning midweek goal, he has popped again with a highly valuable contribution.

He would probably be found out these days in the Premiership, but he seems to have more time on the ball than most of his peers at this level, usually a sign of a good footballer. His style is not materially different from Andy Hunt's, and if Todorov can make the same contribution that Hunt did in 1999/2000, then Charlton have every chance of the same outcome.

Pardew began with 4-5-1, handing Ambrose more freedom just behind Iwelumo, a position he is likely to be more useful in than as one of a pair of central midfielders, a role in which he lacks the physical bite to be effective. It would be incongruous to say Pardew's plan worked since we scored (obviously) after Todorov's introduction, but Ambrose's versatility is likely to see the 4-5-1 used often away from home, especially with Varney unfit, McLeod yet to fully convince and Todorov perhaps most useful as a lively substitute option à la Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The result puts us firmly in the top half of the table, and with only Bristol City and Coventry unbeaten, I continue to believe this division is there for the taking, especially now we know that the likes of Jerome Thomas did not leave in the transfer window. The bookies have already taken notice, and re-installed us as favourites.


At 7:55 PM, Blogger charlton north-downs said...

Great win today
Andy Hunt is a bit of a hero of mine as
he was my late Dads and my favorite player in that promotion season. My Dad who had a keen eye for intelligent players,
described him as making everything look so easy and with style even though lacking pace. Watched Tordorov against Wednesday closely and although he faded towards the end he was class and his movement off the ball was excellant. Agree if Tordorov can remain injury free we have a great chance.

At 12:43 AM, Blogger Chicago Addick said...

Great result - Palarse to one side, it was just important to get off the mark away from home.

By the way NYA, did you watch the Spurs game? That is why they will never make the top 4!

At 12:56 AM, Anonymous newyorkaddick said...

Yeah, I saw it - no leaders, no bite in midfield....remind you of anyone?

At 4:15 PM, Anonymous noel said...

actually I thought Pardew had it spot on. Start with 5 in midfield to slowly wrest control from an up-for-it home team, shut the crowd up and then look to get more expansive as the opportunities open up. Let's hope Tordorov builds on this better than the last Addick to score a winner away at Selhurst...

At 5:29 PM, Blogger Steve Sax said...

Love your blog. BTW, for a US-based fan just learning about Charlton, what are the latest odds for promotion?

At 6:16 PM, Anonymous newyorkaddick said...

We are still approx 7/1 to win the title, and 2/1 to be promoted (including via the play-offs).


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