Thursday, September 03, 2009

A look ahead to.....Brentford

A London derby awaits the Addicks this weekend as they put their 100% record on the line against Brentford. Like Charlton, the reigning fourth tier champions are yet to sample defeat in the league this season and should present a far stiffer challenge than timid Tranmere.

It has not been a great week for the Bees, though. They were edged out by Norwich in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy on Tuesday (a tournament we will be drawn into just before kick-off this weekend), while rumours swirled that their skilled young boss, Andy Scott, may head north to fill the vacant managerial post at Barnsley.

However, that seat now looks as if it will go to Rotherham gaffer Mark Robins, leaving Scott to plot Charlton's downfall. He has the credentials to do that having lifted Brentford out of League Two and into a solid sixth place in League One thus far.

Defensive issues blight the Bees, though, with captain Alan Bennett and left-back Ryan Dickson struggling, while up top, ex-Addick Charlie MacDonald is still nursing a shoulder injury. With that in mind, I expect 18 points on the board come Saturday afternoon.

Leon McKenzie and Sam Sodje could work their way onto the bench, probably at the expense of Grant Basey and Izale McLeod, but Luke Holden may have to bide his time, given Scott Wagstaff's goal-scoring cameo against Walsall. Whether any of them figure, it is great to have options because if promotion really is the target, it will be the squad, and not the talented first eleven, that achieves it.

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