This is the last day of the first week of January but already feels like we should be well through February!
Another day of mixed fortunes for the club yesterday. A resounding 4-0 win in the morning kick off for the under 18s was good preparation for the away FA Youth Cup match at Bristol City, which is scheduled for the evening of Wednesday 10 January.
The afternoon game certainly proved action packed but not all in a good way. Three times the Addicks led and on each occasion Port Vale got back into the game with a vengeance including a 92nd minute equaliser. Yet another late goal conceded that must be setting some sort of record! On a positive note our front three all scored a goal, two of them players who have stepped up from the Academy in the last year or so. I thought Tennai Watson had another excellent game but few others burnt as bright consistently over the game. Port Vale will reflect on a few errors at the back and a lot of good saves from Ashley Maynard Brewer in the Charlton goal, that prevented them winning this one at a canter.
I watched some of the post match analysis from a surprisingly upbeat Brownie and the straight talking Curbs, but eventually had to take a walk around the block with the wife to clear my head of the rollercoaster 95 minutes.
Deanne Holden lost four games and was sacked. Maybe this draw has given Michael Appleton a stay of execution for now.
We have to hope the early promise of this transfer window continues. More news has filtered through that Charlton have agreed a fee with Peterborough for Jonson Clarke-Harris. Personal terms still need to be settled so there is no certainty on this deal yet, we just have to wait and see.
I knew this month was going to be interesting, but why are we only 7 days into it, it seems so many more!