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Immediate Reaction: Charlton v Bolton

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It might not be so immediate, but surprisingly, there was a lot to think about....

Charlie Crowhurst

A draw is a draw....except when it's not.

Today at The Valley Bolton Wanderers gave Charlton Athletic one hell of a game, with chances from Matt Mills and Neil Danns almost securing another victory for the Wanderers. Charlton got lucky, however, and a solid defensive performance coupled with an expert save by Adam Bogdan denied Reza Ghoochannejhad and his teammates anything more than a point. The match today had that end of season air that these games have usually been having as of late and while the combination of Lukas Jutkiewicz and Jermaine Beckford didn't work as planned, you have to appreciate the initiative.

There's some of you who might think that a draw is just horrid, a sign of Dougie Freedman's imminent failings as manager and the road to doom and destruction for this club. It's no secret that some people, including some who write for this very site, don't like Dougie.

People are upset when we like him and think we're wrong when we don't.

It comes with the territory, you know? I love Lion of Vienna Suite more than I love a lot of things, because this club and the opportunities and memories and friends attached to it have enriched my life so much. So maybe it's normal that we all get a bit (or really) negative. We want what's best, obviously, and there's nothing wrong with that.

Thing is, there's a fine line in the football world between being so optimistic and positive you're just "plain dumb" and being too negative and discontent. It breaks my heart to see a lot of the people that read this site think that we're a bunch of negative moaners because the people I get to work alongside of are some of the nicest, funniest, most genuine people I know. (Plus, I've been making these optimistic posts for like what....a year now?)

So a draw is a draw except when it's not. When it's not, it's an opportunity for me to tell you all how much I adore what I do and I understand that we won't always see eye-to-eye, but I hope we can still see this team to the top, together.

(Mushy post done.)