Five Things: Charlton Athletic v Bolton Wanderers

Charlie Crowhurst

Michael Murray looks back at five things from the trip to The Valley

Another away game without defeat, that's seven in a row which is a slight positive to grasp too. It's one defeat in thirteen games and we have put together a much needed run of results which have guided us to mid table mediocrity in this seasons Sky Bet Championship.

This is the first time I have ever done this so here goes. As usual, if you would like to debate any points that I make on here then please get in touch.

1)      Another clean sheet.

That's seven now in this run of 13 games with only one defeat. Granted, in the grand scheme of the season it is inconsequential but yet again we've managed to keep a team at bay, something we really have struggled with for the most part of the season. We just have to sort out the other bit now.

2)      Liam Trotter.

He was the best player on the park. I would imagine that those who will disagree with this are those who have already made him Dougie Freedman's Tyrone Mears.

I would be very interested in seeing his stats for the game; how many touches he had, the positions on the field he took those touches and his pass completion statistics because if my watching of the game was accurate he would far outshine every other man in a White shirt yesterday.

I did find it immensely frustrating that on the very rare occasions his passes did not find their targets, there were people in the stands hurling abuse his way, yet when the likes of Neil Danns, Jay Spearing, Lukas Jutkiewicz gave the ball away time and time again, they were ‘unlucky'.

3)      Diamonds.

Diamonds may be a girl's best friend but they certainly weren't ours at The Valley. We started the game with Jay Spearing in the anchor role, Liam Trotter and Neil Danns tucking narrowly in front with Lee Chung-Yong at the head, tucked just behind The Juke and The Thumb.

This meant that Charlton had lots of space in the wide areas of midfield to counter when we lost possession. If we do the same against Leicester City on Tuesday, the likes of Anthony Knockaert and Lloyd Dyer will absolutely ruin us.

4)      Hawkeye

Surely there is enough money in football and the Sky Bet Championship in particular to have goal line technology installed in this division.

Matt Mills' header crossed the line, so technically we actually won the game 1-0.

5)      Larndarn Tarn

They say it's grim Oop North and that London is the place to be in this country.

Charlton is one of the friendlier London away days but still, give me 2 up 2 downs and old men in flat caps walking their Whippets on the cobbles any day over that place.

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