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A nothing game from our point of view.Can't go up and won't be going down.A chance for our players to get into form before the fa cup semi final.Annoyingly London Waterloo East station is shut so going to have to find an alternative route to get to the valley.
 

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Just jump in a taxi to London Bridge mate, won't cost much or Jubilee line from Waterloo.
 

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Hoping for a win, expecting a draw. Hopefully we can use the momentum of the cup game which can give the players confidence to perform in the league. Almost clear of relegation now so should be less pressure on them too. I think it will help that we've had a reasonable period of rest, our first choice eleven has only played last Tuesday and this Monday. Whereas I imagine most of Charlton's team played Tuesday - Saturday - Tuesday. That said, Charlton are in great form themselves.

If we can get a smash and grab 1-0 win like Charlton managed at the Madejski I would certainly take that. I think Simon Church will score though :crazy: so I'll predict 1-1.
 

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We didn't play last Tuesday, and we made 4 changes for the game at Blackpool.

Also, Church won't be playing as Vetokele will be back.

Think we'll win this, we've been excellent this past month, especially as an attacking force.

3-0 or 2-1 as seems to be the norm at the moment.
 

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Just jump in a taxi to London Bridge mate, won't cost much or Jubilee line from Waterloo.

Yeah i will get the tube to London Bridge as train ticket to Charlton is valid on the tube due to engineering work.I see we have sold a massive 700 tickets for tomorrow.I know we have an fa cup semi final coming up but you would think we would take more as Charlton is a decent away day.

I will be optimistic and say 2-1 Reading.
 

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The season is dead. I can see why some say that a dull/mediocre season lowers attendances more than a poor quality one. Literally nothing to play for after March. Just lucky we have a FA Cup run to keep some form of excitement around.
 

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The season is dead. I can see why some say that a dull/mediocre season lowers attendances more than a poor quality one. Literally nothing to play for after March. Just lucky we have a FA Cup run to keep some form of excitement around.

I think it's probably the first season since the 1999-2000 season where we have nothing to play for by March.On the plus side it gives Clarke a chance to try some youngsters in the team which as he said at the fans forum the other week he wants to do.
 

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A nothing game from our point of view.Can't go up and won't be going down.A chance for our players to get into form before the fa cup semi final.Annoyingly London Waterloo East station is shut so going to have to find an alternative route to get to the valley.

It's not closed, there's just no trains from Charing X to Charlton on a weekend until 2016.
 

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Yeah i will get the tube to London Bridge as train ticket to Charlton is valid on the tube due to engineering work.I see we have sold a massive 700 tickets for tomorrow.I know we have an fa cup semi final coming up but you would think we would take more as Charlton is a decent away day.

I will be optimistic and say 2-1 Reading.

Are you a drinker?

I'd recommend drinking at London Bridge or getting off the train at Greenwich and drinking there, Charlton is atrocious for pub options these days.
 

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Are you a drinker?

I'd recommend drinking at London Bridge or getting off the train at Greenwich and drinking there, Charlton is atrocious for pub options these days.

Yeah i know from past visits that Charlton isn't that great for pubs.I did go in one there last season near the ground but can't remember what it was called.Ended up drinking in London Bridge in a pub just by the station.

As for the game first half performance was ok but the second half was abysmal especially defensively.Kelly over Gunter any day of the week.Hector needs to learn to clear the ball rather than constantly getting caught in possession.

Danny Williams needs to keep his mouth shut at times as well.Be saying for a few weeks that he is going to get himself sent off for something silly and that's exactly what he did today.

Looking on our forum already some people are questioning Steve Clarke.I'm looking forward to the summer when he can get rid of a fair amount of the current squad and bring some players in.

As for Charlton i thought they looked very good especially in the second half.Watt looked a decent player.
 

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What did you see of the penalty? A few people were claiming that Hector was pushed in the back, so was very harsh to give a penalty for handling at the same time.
 

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What did you see of the penalty? A few people were claiming that Hector was pushed in the back, so was very harsh to give a penalty for handling at the same time.

Didn't get the greatest view as it was up the other end but it did look like harsh as Hector got a slight push in the back.Would like to see it again though.Charlton were well on top before that so it was only a matter of time before they got level with the way we were defending.

I see some of our fans on the Facebook are worrying about relegation.I think we are already safe.
 

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The other results didn't go in our favour, but our next three games are Cardiff, Blackpool and Blackburn. Win any one of them (or draw all three) and we're there.. Don't particularly want to go into the Cup game on the back of 4 straight defeats though so would be nice to get the win, get the points on the board and rest and prepare for that game, as it really is the only game of any meaning left this season.
 

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Having seen the replay I can't see much of a push if i'm honest, looks like a reasonably fair challenge, think Hector has to be stronger for it. Still a harsh penalty though, his arm/hand wasn't that out of place.

Although I would not like it if one of our players did it, was nice to see Church not celebrate his goal. Called that he would score though..
 

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Probably just about deserved in the end, the first half was two sides clearly with nothing left to play for in respect of the league but Reading were definitely better than we were.

Second half, we were a different team and Reading couldn't cope at times. I sit behind the goal and initially thought Watt nudged Hector in the back for the penalty but having now seen the FLS I'm not so sure, and there didn't appear to be much protest from the Reading players.

Shame the international break has to come as we are in blistering and free scoring form at the moment, hopefully we can carry the momentum on against Millwall after the break.
 

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yep having seen the penalty decision again it was a clear pen.
 

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