Charlton 3-0 Town

3:00pm Saturday 28th February 2015

Likely line-up:
(5;3;2) Smithies; Smith, Edgar, Hudson, Wallace, Robinson; Hogg, Butterfield, Bunn; Miller, Vaughan

Our Prediction

With Charlton offering tickets at just £5 there is expected to be a crowd of around 25,000 for Chris Powells first visit back to the Valley since he was sacked by billionaire owner Roland Duchatelet just short of 12 months ago. That should be enough to spur on both teams in what should be a good atmosphere. I can see there being goals in this one, and maybe lots of them, Town climbed above the Addicks with that 3-0 victory over Reading on Tuesday and I'm hopeful that that result will give us a bit of confidence to go to Charlton and perform.

Charlton 2 - 3 Town

Know Your Enemy

If you didn't know already, throughout this season, Thrice Champions will be getting the views of opposition fans, bloggers and podcasters so you know the story behind the club they know so much about.

Ahead of our away tie against the gaffers old club Charlton, we spoke to Kyle Andrews who runs the Addicks blog 'Chris Powell's Flat Cap'.

Here's what he had to say to our questions...

TC: The drop-off in Charlton's league position has been quite alarming. What do you put it down to?

KA: Confidence. There's undoubted quality in this Charlton side, as shown by our three goal victories over Brentford and Wigan, but the rate at which performance levels decrease in the face of adversity is alarming. There's not much fight in this side, and heads drop quickly if we concede the first goal.

TC: There has been some unrest among Addicks fans over the ownership of the club. How has it affected the club?

KA: It's left a lot of supporters, from younger Addicks to those who supported the club during its years away from The Valley, feeling rather apathetic. The decision making has been poor, communication has been dreadfully bad and most supporters feel they're being treated with contempt. All of that without even taking into account the experimental nature of Roland Duchatelet's network, and the questionable ambitions he has for the club. 

A meeting organised by the Supporters' Trust allowed fans to air opinions last week, and it was fairly clear that, out of 400 or so, almost every Addick felt that not even an upturn in results on-the-pitch would justify what is going on off of it. At the very least, proper communication, not stunts and events that allow for questions to be dodged, is demanded.

TC: What has new boss Guy Luzon done differently since he has been in charge?

KA: Given the way in which it occurred, with supporters promised an extensive search for a new boss and a man previously sacked by Duchatelet hired a day later, Luzon's appointment can never be justified. His ability to bring any sort of success to SE7 also remain questionable. 

But, to his credit, he's stripped things down to the very basics and there has been an improvement after a dire start under his stewardship. We play a very structured 4-4-2, with two banks of four and direct play, but experimenting is something you can't afford to do with confidence-lacking players. 

TC: Does this side have any weaknesses that Huddersfield can potentially exploit?

KA: We look set to be without our key midfield men on Saturday, with Johnnie Jackson definitely absent and Jordan Cousins a major doubt. While the skipper has been out for a few weeks, Cousins' efforts were vital in our recent wins over Brentford and Wigan. 

Without that pair, we played a horribly out-of-sorts Yoni Buyens and a horribly out-of-position Lawrie Wilson in the centre against Derby in midweek. It wasn't pretty. 

Alou Diarra, a recent signing, came off the bench at half-time and looked tidy, but I can't imagine he'll be fit enough to start.  

It means your midfield, which I consider impressive, is more than likely to dominate.

TC: Which Charlton player should Huddersfield fans worry about?

KA: As oppose to any single player, our biggest threat under Luzon has come from our wide men and forwards on the break. Frederic Bulot and Johann Berg Gudmundsson are the sort of wingers who can create something out of nothing, while Tony Watt and Igor Vetokele's relentless running won't give your defenders a moment's rest.

TC: Which Huddersfield player do you think Charlton fans should worry about?

KA: It's a given that you'll dominate the midfield battle, and the creative influence of Jacob Butterfield will be key, but those who they supply worry me more. 

Especially Nahki Wells, who will be up against two centre-backs without much agility. Tal Ben Haim and Roger Johnson are excellent at reading the game, but have come unstuck against raw pace already this season.  

I'm just glad you no longer have Danny Ward, who seems to have a bi-annual excellent performance against us, no matter who he's playing for.

TC: What is your prediction for Saturday?

KA: Chris Powell to pull on his old Charlton shirt while the scores are level deep into stoppage time and score the winner for the Addicks. 

Failing that, I can't stress enough how important the first goal will be. Heads drop so dramatically if we concede first, but confidence spreads throughout the side should we score first.

TC: 25,000+ are expected in The Valley this weekend. What statement do you think your side will want to make?

KA: To be honest with you, these Football for a Fiver games haven't always lived up to expectations. In the last two seasons, for example, we lost to Barnsley in a drab affair and had a goalless draw with Wigan that was even more lifeless. 

If anything, it'll guarantee Powell gets the reception he deserves.