Friday, August 13, 2010

Proud Addicks Leyton The Line

Even before this game kicked off, I couldn't hide from the fact that I felt more energised about the Addicks than I had in many years.

So much so that my vociferous celebration of Chris Solly's goal woke up my youngest son, when previously he'd have slept soundly so emotionally uninvolved have I felt for some time.

"You woke him up, you go up and settle him," said the wife.

"No you go sweetheart," I smiled, "...and tell him not to worry.....it's 3-1."

After four years of flawed experiments, we finally seem to be going 'back to basics', and not before time.

No more 'general managers', speculative signings or one-month loans.

It's a work-in-progress, but the club seems to have found its soul again, both on and off the pitch.

So long as we continue down this path of signing honest players, and moulding them with talented youngsters (plus the odd long-term loan), then we can afford to be patient because it's the right path.

Parky keeps talking about the fact that this team will improve, and that excites me because I think he's right.

Indeed few could deny that the Os were the better footballing side tonight in terms of passing.

However it is clear too that in the likes of Reid, Martin, and Abbott, we have some individuals that can do some real damage at this level.

Blend some more familiarity and confidence about playing with one another, and we may have a very competitive side as early as this season.

Perhaps only Christian Dailly desrves even a modicum of criticism for his rash challenge, but ironically it galvanised the remaining ten to a huge three points.

Abbott was a terrific lone front man after the red card, whilst Doherty and Llera put their head on every ball delivered into the box at the other end.

Martin's workrate was immense and his role intelligently played, perhaps suggestive of the type of footballing education received at the likes of Manchester United.

Wagstaff showed doubters (like me) what a threat he poses, so the frustration remains why he can be so anonymous at other times.

The midfield pairing of Racon and McCormack worked their socks off, adopting a disciplined dual holding role after Dailly's dismissal.

The full-backs were barely noticed which usually indicates a solid performance, whilst Solly's well-taken goal put a smile on the face of all those who knew he was unlucky to be dropped.

Rob Elliot's punching and kicking was iffy, but he is a solid and enthusiastic keeper at this level.

It was interesting too that Matt Spring (whose hair was strangely mssing its silver flecks) was first to congratulate the youngster on his goal, suggesting Solly is a highly popular member of staff.

Finally it was great to see Jose Semedo on the pitch at the end, in his training gear. One of Pardew's few positive legacies.

Indeed it reminded me of Brentford away last season, when Messrs Burton and S.Sodje (similarly suspended) sat ashen-faced and casually-dressed in the directors' box and couldn't wait to leave at the final whistle.

The club has done some terrific work in the summer, and early indications are good.

Oh, and we're top of the league, did I mention that?

8 Comments:

At 12:20 AM, Blogger I want curly hair too! Oh Christian Dailly! said...

Woop Woop. WE ARE TOP OF THE LEAGUE. What a win. And how good to see the youth team coming through and giving it some. Might be wrong but I think we won the first six games last season so fingers crossed the run will go on for a lot longer this time round.

 
At 2:28 AM, Blogger 江仁趙雲虹昆 said...

君子立恆志,小人恆立志。................. ................................................

 
At 10:45 AM, Anonymous Chris said...

There are many reasons to be cheerful and I'm so pleased for Phil Parkinson; he has had a lot of stick, but he's been trying to do the right thing right from the start and despite the incredibly difficult circumstances has never once complained or offered excuses. He really deserves to succeed.

I think we'll find that this squad [especially if further strengthend] is stronger than last season's [despite being cheaper] and all credit again to Parky for that.

My only concern is hinted at in your comment. You say "Indeed few could deny that the Os were the better footballing side tonight in terms of passing." I also felt that Bournemouth passed the ball and kept possession better than we did in the second half last week [even before Semedo was sent off] and that is a worry. It won't be easy against the stronger sides if we are being outpassed.

For now though let's be very happy with a great start!!

 
At 7:09 PM, Anonymous newyorkaddick said...

Chris, my biggest criticism of Parkinson tactics-wise has always been the fact that it's never entirely clear what consistent style of play he's trying to instil in the side.

However this is the first time the squad has been built in his own image, which in conjunction with the removal of some off-field uncertainty, takes away many of the excuses available to him if the current very promising start fades away.

The fanastic spirit on show in the first two games will only take us so far, but let's enjoy it whilst it lasts.

 
At 3:43 AM, Blogger tongtong said...

當我微笑時,世界和我一起微笑;當我快樂時,世界和我一起活躍。..................................................

 
At 7:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's going on with all this chinese crap lately?

 
At 7:48 PM, Anonymous newyorkaddick said...

Must be a legacy of the Zheng Zhi era I guess.

 
At 2:25 PM, Anonymous Toronto Addick said...

Reading this blog has left me with somewhat of a modicum of hope, if not raised my spirits entirely. Having not being able to see my Addicks play for a while now, I was beginning to get despondent about our future.
Although it is only early days, I have hope for the season.

 

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