Writer: Drayton Green
Date:Monday May 4 2009
Firstly the support was terrific. There were loads of empty red seats and no singing from Charlton fans at all. We could have easily been given half or one length of the pitch stand.
Plymouth scored and the fans started cheering, Doc turned round and threw his fist in the air. The players responded by giving away a soft goal. In my opinion Shackell has been playing with an injury and in any case is not a left back so the goal for once came from a cross from oppositions right wing.
Charlton crowd began to sing a bit, we sang over the top of them.
Cue the next goal. Another mistake by the poor Marshall. This lead to 'you're not fit to wear the shirt' and other such songs. The team were clearly shocked and played even worse.
Gunny changed the team around to what it should have been from the start with Lappin at left back, Shacks at centre half and Leijer walking off in a huff - probably straight back to Fulham.
At this point the fans were singing 'take off Otsemobor' who looked nervous and totally shot to bits. He stayed on.
When the third goal went in the fans sang a few more songs against the players and the board but the atmosphere was one of shock and horror. The pathetic Charlton support could finally be heard.
We scored. I did not celebrate and the players trooped off despondently.
Second half and players appeared to try a bit harder but as usual gave away another goal.
Realising the game was over and relegation assured the fans began to get behind the team again and they appeared to try harder and had a good spell ending up with a goal and a couple of missed chances.
Both sets of fans were by then singing 'stand up if you're going down'. I was getting annoyed off with another useless ref just to have something to concentrate on.
Sack the board was sung occasionally but as far as I was concerned there was a mixture of fans against the board/team and those blindly supporting the rubbish being dished up so neither really came across strongly enough.
We moved to the back at end of game and walked away on the final whistle. The train was in station and stayed there for 10 minutes and was virtually empty as it pulled away so I presume most fans stayed. In my opinion if the shelf life shot had gone in instead of hitting the bar to make it 5-2 just before the end the best reaction would have been for all the fans to walk away in silence before the end. Instead I presume there was the clapping of failure for yesterday's no show and the entire gutless season.
That is why the board will never do anything.
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Date:Monday May 4 2009
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