Let The Good Times Roll! COYA!

What a few weeks its been for Charlton. I managed to get back for the Bolton game and on the coach up from Brighton, there were very real nerves and concern about relegation. Although above the 50 point mark already at that point, such has been the inconsistency and real competition in The Championship this season, our safety was far from secure. These feelings were confounded when, within 20 minutes, Charlton were 0-2 down and reeling.

Then, our captain (and my player of the season), Johnnie Jackson scored a fantastic, battling, solo goal and single handedly managed to galvanize our struggling team. The rest, as they say, is history. Dervite equalized for The Addicks and then another outstanding player from our maiden season back in The Championship, Yann Kermorgant, calmly slotted away the winner from the penalty spot.

Since then Charlton’s form has been astonishing. A battling 0-0 draw away at Brighton has been complemented by three superb victories against Leeds, Wolves and of course the record breaking 0-6 reverse away at Barnsley. Pleasingly, both the victories against Leeds and Wolves also took place at The Valley, removing the worrying lack of form Charlton had shown at home. The 0-0 draw away at Cardiff also demonstrated the new found resolve the Addicks have recently discovered. Its no coincidence that the Bolton game also saw the return of Richard Hughes in the Charlton starting XI. Although against Wolves, Hughes only lasted 12 minutes – Gower proving a decent alternative and a shrewd mid-season signing by Powell.

So with two games remaining, Charlton actually have a remote chance of making the play-offs! Although to be honest, I think another season in The Championship, with a couple of new signings, would better prepare Charlton for a return to the promised land of the Premier League. That said, the real competition provided by the Championship has proved incredibly exciting; Charlton beat and drew with champions Cardiff, whilst lost to struggling teams like Millwall and Barnsley. Any team truly can beat any team, something the Premier League simply can not offer.

Next season promises much, and from a personal point of view I can not wait for it as I will be back in the UK, as a season ticket holder in the North Upper! A new job opportunity was too good to turn down, therefore my family and myself are leaving the Cote d’Azur and moving to Kent! We’ll miss the sunshine, but that will be replaced by the excitement of regular live football in SE7.  The opportunity to bring my children to The Valley and to proudly sit alongside my parents in the North Stand is what football is really all about. Thanks Charlton for ensuring that that will happen with a highly competitive Charlton squad full of players who play for the shirt; a manager that is a true club legend;  a stunning modern football stadium and all of this in a league that guarantees excitement and entertainment. I can’t wait.

Let the good times roll. COYA

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From Selhurst Park to Millwall at The Valley

I haven’t posted for ages. There are a number of reasons for this, the primary one is that I have only just come to terms with what happened at Selhurst Park. Never before have I wished a game had finished after 45 minutes as much as this one. Not only would we have gone home with three points, against a team that I really, really do not like, but I would have escaped a few other unpleasant experiences as well:

  • I would not have got run over by an Addick in an electric wheelchair in the sorry excuse for Palace toilets
  • I would not have been unfairly accused, and nearly arrested, by an irate Policeman for throwing a beer soaked, stolen breadbun at his helmet (a crime I did not commit…)
  • I would not have witnessed Palace (assisted by long term CAFC nemesis Kevin Philips) totally change the game and score two goals in 10 minutes.
  • I would not have seen all those Palace fans jumping around to that stupid song they play after scoring, twice. (CAFC – NEVER, EVER let that happen at The Valley again…)
  • I would not then have been held outside Selhurst Park, in a queue of tired and irritable Addicks, for the best part of an hour singing ‘I wanna go home’

Anyway, since all that happened Charlton have been somewhat shaky. Their only consistency has been their inconsistence. Beating Leicester away was awesome. Losing to Burnley at home was woeful. Nevertheless, the 4 point haul from the last two games has put us in sight of safety. I think 52 points will stop all nerves in that regard – and what better way to claim three of them than by beating Millwall on Saturday. I really wish I could be there, but yet again I’ll be tuning in from the Cote d’Azur, praying that our awful home form is thrown out the window and we at can put the demons of Selhurst Park to one side, regaining some South London bragging rights in the process.

COYA

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Real Madrid vs Manchester United

On the 13 of February at Santiago Bernabeu was the most wanted and intriguing match. The crowd had bitten all of their nails fully off before even the game started and meanwhile had to bite their neighbour’s.It was the whites vs the red devils. Both teams have had a rather aggressive history.

Ronaldo’s dream to play against that team came true…

The game started.Real Madrid began attacking straight away obstreperously.When Benzema found himself in the box not too far from Khedira, he passed to his teammate who shot the ball without looking, WAY off target; didn’t worry the goalie.Soon Di Maria dribbled idyllically through some of the red’s defenders and fired the ball that whistled in midair but unfortunately, off target.Then the home team was awarded a free kick that Alonso took, he passed to Sergio Ramos who shot the ball just over the woodwork.

There were more attempts but the ball got kicked from one side to the other.

When on the 20 minute mark, the red devils were rewarded a corner. Rooney crossed the ball sublimely for Welbeck to header through Lopez.GOAL.All of the Manchester United fans leaped out of their chair before you knew it, which in this case will be 7 or 8 supporters.

Real Madrid realized that they had to do something and fast to knock their opponents lead unconscious and MAKE it stay unconscious!The combat began, suddenly Ronaldo received the ball in the air, he jumped in the air like a god and set the ball on fire.De Gea not a chance this time!

The whistle blew.

The second half started and the whites were not allowed to lose since they had a privilege.The match transfigured into a more likely battlefield than a football match; it became really rough.There was some suspicion that the referee forgot his cards in the clothing room.But it was proven wrong after the reds got them.The most entertaining parts were when Welbeck got the ball ran straight against the goalie but Varane tackled him just on time.The second event was when Van Persie entered the box shot the ball, it hit the crossbar came back to him.The goalie was on the floor whilst the striker struck it but made a small mistake,and it was just about the end for Real Madrid when Alonso heroically shot the ball out of danger.Eventually one of the moments were when Ronaldo was awarded a free kick in his favourite position but hit the ball just over. The last one was when there was a small cross for Di Maria,De Gea moved quickly on his strong feet,and fell backwards but managed to do a miraculous save with his feet.

That was the end 1-1, they will play a rematch at Old Trafford on the 5 of March.

 

 

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Real Madrid VS Manchester United

The First Half

In the 1st minute Benzema passed the ball to Khedira who was in the penalty box and he took a shot but it was far off target. In the 3rd minute Di Maria was going solo and passed took a shot but it was off target. In the 5th minute Xabi alonso got a free kick and he passed it to Sergio Ramos but he shot it to high. In the 10th minute Evra tried to pass the ball to Robin Van Persie but the defenders got the ball. In the 16th minute Varane tried to center the ball to Cristiano Ronaldo but the defenders cleared it. In the 19th minute Wayne Rooney got a corner and passed it perfectly to Danny Welbeck for him to header it  and he headered it brilliantly in the back of the net, it was a GOOOOOAAAAALLLLL!!!!! for Danny Welbeck 0-1 for Manchester United. In the 22nd minute Ozil decided to take a shot from far out but De Gea saved it beautifully. In the 27th minute Cristiano Ronaldo took a shot from outside the penalty box  and it was just off target. In the 29th minute Di Maria crossed the ball to Cristiano Ronaldo and he headered it down to the bottom corner and in too the back of the net, it was a GOOOOOAAAAALLLLL!!!!!  a beautiful header by Cristiano Ronaldo. In the 33rd minute Wayne Rooney took a shot from inside the penalty box but unfortunately it was off target. In the 37th minute Xabi Alonso took a quick free kick up to Ozil and he took a shot but it was of target. In the 40th minute minute Di Maria wanted a penalty because he said that Jones tackled him but the ref didn’t think so. In the 44th minute Wayne Rooney got a corner and passed it to Rafael but he shot it to high. Thats how the first half ended 1-1.

Second Half

In the 46th minute Wayne Rooney got a corner and passed it to Jones but he headered it too high. In the 48th minute Cristiano Ronaldo took a shot from inside the penalty area but De Gea saved it easily. In the 50th minute Arbeloa tried to pass the ball to Benzema who was in the penalty area but the defenders got to the ball. In the 52nd minute Di Maria took a shot just outside the penalty box but it was of target. In the 55th minute Van Persie got a free kick and tried to pass the ball to Evra but Varane got it. In the 60th minute Hugain took a shot from far but it was to high. In the 69th minute Hugain passed the ball to Cristiano Ronaldo and he shot but it was of target. In the 70th minute Robin Van Persie took a shot and hit the crossbar. In the 71st minute the ball was passed up to Robin Van Persie and he shot it over Diego Lopez but the defender got it before it got into the goal. In the 76th minute Hugain just managed to shoot the ball but De Gea came with a super diving save. In the 78th minute the ball was bouncing and Khedira took a shot but again De Gea with a super diving save. In the 84th minute Cristiano Ronaldo got a free kick but he shot it a bit too high. In the 92nd minute Van Persie took a shot from the left side but Diego Lopez saved it.

Thats how the game ended 1-1.

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Valencia VS PSG

During the first 7 minutes Valencia had most possession with the ball. In the 9th minute lavezzi got the ball and dribbled two players amazingly and he took a shot from inside the penalty area straight into the back of the net it was a GOOOOOAAAAALLLLL!!!!! for Lavezzi, 0-1 for PSG. In the 14th minute Valencia tried to center the ball to Solvado but the PSG defenders cleared it. In the 22nd minute Guardado got the ball off the defenders and took a shot from outside of the penalty area but it was a bit too high. At the 24th minute the possession was 73% for Valencia and 37% for PSG. In the 35th minute Tino Costa got a free kick and he crossed it to Jonas for him to header it but it was off target.
In the 37th minute the ball was passed to Lavezzi and he took a shot but unfortunately the goalkeeper saved it. In the 42nd minute Pastore got the ball in the penalty area and took a shot and it went through the middle of the legs of the goalkeeper and into the back of the net, it was a GOOOOOAAAAALLLLL!!!!! for Pastore 0-2 for PSG. In the 45th minute Tino Costa got a corner but the defender cleared the ball and it led to another corner and again the defenders cleared it. That was the end of the second half 0-2 for PSG.

Second Half
The first 5 minutes of the second half was a bit boring but in the 52nd minute Valencia got a corner and the ball was passed to Soldado for him to header it but it was off target. In the 55th minute Tino Costa decided to take a shot from far out but the defenders blocked the shot. In the 56th minute PSG got a free kick but the defenders cleared it. In the 60th minute Ibrahimovic took a shot from far out but the goalkeeper punched it away to Lavezzi and he took a shot but it was of target. In the 63rd minute Lavezzi got the ball and it was just him VS the goalkeeper so he tried to chip it but he didn’t chip the ball high enough so the goalkeeper saved it easily. In the 66th minute Lavezzi passed the ball up to Ibrahimovic and he tried to take a shot but the goalkeeper got it of his hands. In the 73rd minute Ibrahimovic got a free kick but it was far to high. In the 75th minute Tino Costa crossed the ball to Valdez and he took a shot but it was of target. In the 78th minute Tino Costa took a shot from very far out but the defender blocked it. In the 85th minute Tino Costa got a free kick and shot it on target but the goalkeeper saved it.In the 89th minute Tino Costa got a free kick and he passed it to Rami and he tapped it into the back of the net it was a GOOOOOAAAAALLLLLL for Rami 1-2.

That’s how the game ended 1-2 for PSG.

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Liverpool VS West Brom

The game started of with a lot of passes but no chances on goal. In the 4th minute Steven Gerrard passed (cross) the ball to Suarez and he decided to take a shot but unfortunately it was of target.In the 8th minute Johnson took a shot from just outside the penalty box,  it nearly got into the back of the net but the goalkeeper punched the ball away. Shelvey got the ball and shot it straight into the back of the net but unfortunately he was offside. In the 16th minute Johnson crossed the ball to Steven Gerrard but the defender cleared it. In the 20th minute Suarez tried to center the ball to Shelvey, but the defender just got the ball and cleared it. In the 22nd minute Downing tried tried to centre the ball but the defenders cleared it again. Later on in the 22nd minute Downing got a corner and passed it to Dagger and he headered it superbly but the goalkeeper got to it. In the 27th minute Morrison got the ball and dribbled two Liverpool defenders and tried to cross it but the defenders got the ball. In the 29th minute Downing got another corner but the defenders got it away again. In the 32nd minute Steven Gerrard passed the ball to Downing and then Downing crossed the ball to Daniel Agger but he missed the ball. In the 37th minute Suarez decided to take a shot from far but it was far of target.  Thats how the first half ended 0-0.

SECOND HALF

In the 49th minute the ball was passed all the way up to Gerrard and as he was going to shoot the goalkeeper tackled him. In the 51st minute Johnson crossed the ball to Downing and he tried to flick it in with the back of his heel but the goalkeeper saved it. In the 60th minute Suarez got a free kick and he shot it well but it hit the wall. In the 62nd minute Sterling got the ball and crossed it into the center but the goalkeeper caught it with his hands. In the 67th minute Steven Gerrard got the ball and took a shot from inside the penalty box but the goalkeepersaved it. In the 71st minute Steven Gerrard got the ball again and he took an amazing shot but again the goalkeeper with another great save. In the 73rd minute Downing got a free kick and he shot it just over the top bar. In the 74th minute Steven Gerrard took another shot but it was of target. In the 75th minute Steven Gerrard got a penalty and the goalkeeper came with another fantastic save. In the 80th minute West Brom got a corner and MCauley headered it and it hit the top post and into the back of the net it was a GOOOOOAAAAALLLLL!!!!! for MCauley. In the 90th minute Lukaku got the ball and took a shot and the ball went straight into the back of the net it was a GOOOOOAAAAALLLLL!!!!! for Lukaku.

Thats how the game ended 0-2 for West Brom

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Real Madrid VS Barcelona by HH

When the players walked on to the pitch all the fans thought that this was not Real Madrid VS Barcelona to the fans it was Lionel Messi VS Cristiano Ronaldo.

First Half

In the 1st minute Cristiano Ronaldo got a free kick just outside the penalty box and he shot it perfectly but unfortunately Pinto made a great save save. In the 6th minute Lionel Messi got the ball and passed it beautifully to Pedro but he was offside. In the 8th minute Essein shot the ball from the far right side but Pinto with another magnificent save. In the 19th minute Barcelona got a free kick not so far out from the penalty box and Xavi took it but it just hit the top bar. In the 23rd minute the ball was passed back to the goalkeeper and Busquets got the ball and passed it to Xavi and there was no goalkeeper so he shot but the defender cleared the ball. In the 26th minute the ball was passd up the pitch to Benzema and he took a shot but it was just of target. In the 31rst minute Messi got a free kick but he shot it just over the top bar. In the 36th minute Ozil took a shot from far but Pinto saved it. That is how the first half ended 0-0 but  first class football.

Second Half

The second half started of with a chance for Benzema just outside the penalty area but it just whent over the crosbar. In the 49th minute Lionel Messi passed the ball through two Real Madrid players to Fabregas it was a clear chance and shot it straight into the back of  the net, it was a GOOOOOAAAAALLLLL!!!!! by Fabregas, he shot it perfectly into the back of the net. In the 60th minute Essein passed the ball for Ronaldo to header what a chance it was but it was just of target. In the 62nd minute Dani Alves decided to take a  long shot but Pinto saved it. In the 69th minute Dani Alves got the ball and passed it to Fabregas in the center so he took a shot but it was of target. In the 72nd minute Pedro had a massive chance but it was out! In the 80th minute the ball was shot into the penalty area and Varane headered the ball into the back of the net, an excellent header, it was a GOOOOOAAAAALLLLL!!!!! by Varane. In the 88th minute Jordi Alba got the ball and took a shot but Diego Lopez saved it. That is how the game ended with the score 1-1.

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Real Madrid making their way….

On January 23, Real Madrid played a decisive game on Valencia’s home ground.This game would disqualify or qualify the whites to the semi-final of the Copa Del Rey caused by their previous match against Valencia.Real Madrid might have lost 2 men but they didn’t collapse due to this.

The match started of with a entertaining but crucial opening when there was a corner for Valencia and Jonas crossed the ball flawlessly inside the box hoping one of his team mates would use the opportunity when Casillas leaped and attempted clearing the ball but missed.The goalkeeper panicked and turned around to grab the ball when Angelo Di Maria tried to clear the ball but slammed on Iker’s fingers with his powerful leg force.       Casillas was lying on the pitch and  when the first-aid team rushed for beneficent help and demanded how he felt and if he would be able to continue and help out his team. Iker answered no.Mourinho had to substitute his usual goalkeeper for Adan.

The scene ended and everyone had to get on ignoring the circumstances.Both teams had great shots and Di Maria played aggressively.When Real Madrid´s superstar struck the ball which twirled in the air and went just over the top bar.He was expecting to celebrate a lead the he would help his team with.

The referee had his whistle in his mouth when Alonso crossed a great pass to Benzema on the home teams side.The French man just managed to escape off side before receiving the ball and fired it past the goalkeeper.                                                                                                 I think even if it would go in to the goalkeeper, it would have gone right through him.

The referee could finally whistle for half time before his whistle could fall out of his mouth!

The second half started and Valencia was extremely stressed because these 45 minutes would decide everything and they were obliged to score a superior number of goals then Real Madrid in this match.Which they half complete by only managing to equalize.

Only after 6 minutes Valencia became more confident for a win, but maybe they got a bit too confident…. Valencia was rewarded a free kick which was really rotated to the right. Costa struck the ball and it whilst it made it was Los Che was in the way so he just touched making it bounce up and down causing it to slip under Adan.

There were no more celebrations except of tremendous attempts which all turned out to be worthless and only raised the crowds voices.I guess both teams had enough of cheering so they made the crowd lose their voices once and for all.

That was the end of the match, with Valencia crying, the crowd going to the pharmacy and Real Madrid drinking champagne.

The whites next match would be in the final of the Copa Del Rey against their arch enemy Barcelona or Malaga who would play off.

 

 

 

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Harry Wins Football Blog Award!

This weeks football blogging award went to Harry, who wrote an excellent report on Real Madrid vs Valencia! Well done Harry!

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Real Madrid vs Celta Viga

On the 9 of January, the white’s played an entertaining match against Celta Viga at their home stadium Santiago Bernabeu. The referee whistled for the match to begin at 8:30 PM……

Real Madrid had possession of the ball from the start and invaded Celta’s territory immediately which apparently led to a bright consequence where Real Madrid’s superstar  transfigured the scoreboard with a 1 goal lead. It was a good goal that gave the white’s a great boost. He was outside the left side of his opponent’s goalkeeper’s box and struck the ball admirably in the goal; the goalkeeper could barely even stretch before the ball curled in the back of his and his team’s net.

Celta Viga tried to fight back and get even, but all their attempts were broken by Real Madrid’s defense.

On the 24 minute mark of the first half, Ronaldo scored another impeccable ball that rushed through Sergio Alvarez. Modric, who crossed the halfway line with the ball, created a soft straight cross that Ronaldo picked up after passing through the defenders with his superb speed and giving a one-touch push to the ball making it leap over the poor goalkeeper.                                                                                                                                           He was on his way to a hat-trick……that he finally did achieve….

The game continued, until the referee signaled for half time.

Celta Viga was in the center of the field ready and desperate to kick off whilst Real Madrid were calm and relaxed.The second half started.                                                                     The second half was less entertaining. Mostly it was Celta who had the target to score and not lose the match with a clean sheet.

The most interesting parts in the second half were all produced in between the 80 and 90 the minute where Ronaldo scored his hat-trick by getting a wonderful assist from Higuain but passed to Ronaldo so he could celebrate later, this attack was created by a counter attack. One minute later Sergio Ramos the major defender was sent off because of his violence.  Just after was a incredible goal by Khedira who got a assist from Coentrenao who showed good quick feet.

That was the end of the match. Celta’s nightmare was no longer a threat; it became reality!

Thank you for reading my report.

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