And by this I mean losing 2-0 at Charlton, Luke Varney with both goals in the second half for the home team.
I’m not particularly keen on the strategy of being a goal down late on, bringing on Shefki Kuqi and taking off Clinton Morrison shortly afterwards. I know who I feel is more of a threat in front of goal. Anyway, I’ll give Warnock a mulligan on that given his recent run. However the current form guide shows us having gained one point from our last nine, something we need to improve if we want to make the play-offs.
Charlton Athletic 2-0 Crystal Palace [BBC Sport]
I make that our third 1-0 defeat to Charlton in our last three home matches with them. It’s all a bit familiar and depressing. Svetoslav Todorov’s goal fifteen minutes from time decided the game at Selhurst Park yesterday.
Peter Taylor said, “I don’t think we deserved to lose” (pity that we did, eh Peter?). Meanwhile Charlton counterpart Alan Pardew said, “I enjoy coming back here, I always get a nice reception and the fans are brilliant to me. It’s been a great day.” I don’t remember him saying anything like that when he lost at Selhurt Park with West Ham three years ago. I suppose it’s easier to say things like that when you’re going home with three points.
The Championship fixtures for the 2007/08 season were released today. Palace highlights include:
First game: @ Southampton, Saturday 11th August.
First home game: Leicester City, Saturday 18th August.
Oops, they’re playing us again (again!): Charlton, Saturday 1st September.
Dowie’s return: Coventry City, Tuesday 18th September.
Final day: Burnley, Sunday 4th May (kick-off 3pm).
All Saturday fixtures are currently set for 3pm kick-offs, midweek games are currently shown as 7.45pm kick-offs.
Burnley on the last day is usually a good omen. Let’s hope that run continues, however unlikely it may currently seem.