Saturday, 25 September 2010


Charlton Athletic 2 - Dagenham & Redbridge 2

Ok, it's not like we've never drawn at home to Dagenham before.

Even in those heady days under Curbs we managed to make a right horlicks of it and needed a second attempt to see them off in the FA cup.

Todays draw was a completely different affair.
We entered the field of play in the same division, (which only shows how far we've fallen.... etc etc blah blah drone drone.)

Crispy couldn't make it today, being away in Belgium.

Early on, I sent him an update declaring the game to be a 'turkey shoot'.
It was so one sided we could have been 3 or 4 up before Llera finally headed us into the lead from a corner.

The rest of the first half was more of the same.
However, rather worryingly, Charlton just couldn't get the ball into the net again, despite owning the ball and rarely letting the Daggers have a kick.

The turning point for me came as we were wondering what the queue was like in the bogs and deciding if the now Autumnal temperature was cool enough to warrant a cup of something warm in a few moments.

We could almost touch half time when for possibly only the 5th time in the first period, the Daggers managed to get the ball into the Charlton half.

From my (rather good) view in the East stand, there then seemed to be a Dagenham player launching himself rather hopefully into space and then the referee pointing to the spot.

It seemed such a laughably poor decision we almost forgot to have a moan.

The (appalling all game) East stand lino, who must have had the best view of all, refused to get involved and suddenly from being 1-0 up and cruising, we were exiting at halftime with the score 1-1.

Over halftime, it would seem that Parky gave the referee Jon Moss the benefit of his wiser world view and got himself sent off.

Throughout the second half, Moss was almost the Daggers best player. He obviously had an axe to grind against Charlton so our booing him and Parky's outburst really were counterproductive.
 I was almost shocked he didn't try and make a blocking move or tackle himself, he seemed so keen to stifle our attacks.

One example of many shockingly crap decisions was when Akpo Sodje was being held by the arm so he couldn't run onto a through ball. He tugged and tugged to escape but he couldn't free himself.
Moss blew for a foul and awarded a free kick........ for the Daggers!

Charlton weren't quite so in command in the second half.
Worner had to pull off some smart saves to keep the score at 1-1 but Charlton were still having much more possession and many more, (reward free), attacks.

As the game entered added on time again, Charlton finally made the breakthrough due to a well placed header from Jackson.

Charlton had seemed unlikely to get much from the game after Reid had left the pitch, injured, only minutes after entering play as a substitute.
Jackson pushed forward and Fry came on in defence.

At 2-1, the score wasn't really a true account of the game but I was willing to take the 3 points, despite all the missed opportunities to improve our goal difference.

Anyone who has been following Charlton for more than ten minutes would have been able to guess what happened next.

The Daggers went straight up the other end and Nurse finished off a really good move, bravely, at the far post.


Despite his general crapness, we couldn't blame that one on the referee. It was just Charlton pressing self destruct again.

Wish I was in sodding Belgium.

A Casual Rating.

The Daggers team can all have Lacoste polos for being most certainly second best, yet still coming away with a draw. They've now scored their first, (and second) away goals of the season and have something to build on. Well done Daggers and good luck for the rest of the season, at least until we head over there.
Ross Worner can have one too for a confident performance and some very good saves.

The most useless in a long line of bloody awful useless tier 3 referees can have a whole collection of dreaded Primark novelty slogan tee shirts for his 'performance'.
I hope we never have him again.
It's my fault really. About 20 minutes into the game, Crispy's father and I remarked that the referee seemed to be having a 'good game'.
Almost instantly, he turned to excrement.

Right now, I'm really rather teed off with Charlton.

Just a little note for the pinboard at Sparrows Lane.
When you've just scored, in injury time, to take 3 points, maybe a spot of defending might be in order?

So, back on Tuesday for more of the same it is then.


Anonymous said...

This ref really was the fine connouisseur of crap decisions though CC. he managed to miss the arm (!) around Akpo's leg on the edge of the box, the elbow ball in the daggers box, the more straigthtforward old fashioned handball, the fact the goal came from a throw that should have bee given to us, etc etc etc.

But this really was St Crap Refs Day - my 9 year old son in goal had the ball kicked out of his hands into the net and the ref waved play on....the ref being our manager...

In our other game the ref ignored a blatant pen for us, and gave them an deserved one..the ref being one of our player's parents .

So you see it wouldn't have mattered if the ref was Semedo's Dad or Parky himself - they both would have given the pen against us - it being St Crap Refs Day

Pembury Addick

Anonymous said...

Th east stand lino also gave the throw that led to the penalty - the wrong way. Although to be fair he is living up to the example of Uriah Rennie, that ethnicity doesn't stop you being a shit official.

I have to say that I am very angry with Parky today. It was clear by half time that we would need a 2 or 3 goal lead in the last 15, yet he persisted with the ineffective Benson and the liability that is Llera.
How does Llera get in ahead of Forch? Or Francis ahead of Solly, or indeed, Goeff boycott's mum?
Good points today - Martin, Racon, Doherty and of course Worner. The sooner Parky wakes up and builds the team around Martin the better. Naturally once he does someone will put him out for 6 weeks.
Lennie was there today, I reckon he'd get us out of this league pronto, why not?

Anonymous said...

Wise words as usual CC.
I left the ground this evening feeling more annoyed than at any time in the last few years.
We have fallen to the level of a pub team, without the joys and comaraderie you'd expect.
I dont think we'll be leaving the third division for a while, that's for sure.

confidentialrick said...

Juicy? OK Marco, you and me are friends right? If Charlton can't mamage a win against Dagenham.. then what's left?

Marco. said...

Can we add Tranmere and Exeter to start a list of shame Rick?
It does look bleak doesn't it?
I'm hoping we will push on later, starting to come good as it gets to late November like our 'friends' from Millwall did last season.

Can you hear the sound of straws being grasped?

Dave said...

Can't agree with your assessment of the 2nd half at all, I felt we (Daggers) were the better side for most of it. Although you should have been 2 or 3 up before we got the penalty, I think our 2nd half performance deserved more so it evened out in the end.

Probably doesn't help you much but is very rare that we get the best of the ref, so we'll take it. As for the penalty, it looks soft but your fella is never going to get there and catches our guy who is only looking at the ball. He made the most of it, sometimes you get them and sometimes you don't.

Hope to see you at Victoria Road later in the season.

Marco. said...

I'll be there Dave. Biting my nails in what's likely to be a relegation 6 pointer for both clubs.

Anonymous said...

Dave - the penalty is irrelevant, because the throw in that led to it was given the wrong way. It was about 15 yards from me, and the worst decision since Graham Poll was last at the Valley (he gave a handball against Djimi "useless" Traore, when it was the (white) Fulham player who handled the ball). In fact almost the same spot that the clown Moss gave you the throw.