Depleted Addicks Show Quality and Character in Valley Parade Stalemate

Post-match analysis and description of the Charlton Athletic away performance at Valley Parade, against Bradford City on Saturday the 10th December.

Chris Powell's Flat Cap

As another body belonging to a Charlton Athletic man lost its ability to function just four minutes into the clash with Bradford City, a collective sense of low expectation in the away end was replaced by an acceptance that the worst was to follow at Valley Parade.

Jason Pearce’s injury meaning that Karl Robinson, in his first league game in charge, would see his side play for 86 minutes without six regular starters, and surely struggle to compete with opposition who were yet to suffer a league defeat at home this campaign.

And by half-time, predictable emotions of frustration and regret, after an opening period where the visiting supporters had found themselves crippled by despair on several occasions, were pungent.

But these emotions were not born out of Charlton’s failings. They came as a consequence of the tireless Addicks somehow not having the advantage despite creating numerous chances through both…

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