While away trips this season have been relatively easy fair, tests at the Valley have got progressively harder, yet, each time the Addicks have found a way to prevail. We beat a newly promoted side in Wycombe, an established outfit in Walsall and while Brentford are fresh members of this division, their momentum and will to attack made them the toughest challenge of the campaign so far.
Lloyd Sam capped an excellent week personally by playing an intrinsic role in the first goal, coolly slotting home the second and being a constant menace throughout. Deon Burton also led the line excellently, the defence stood firm when under pressure, Rob Elliott made a tremendous save to deny journeyman striker Carl Cort and Izale McLeod looked sprightly when called into action.
On yesterday's evidence, the Bees lofty league position is no fluke and they should be able to keep pace with the play-off chasers. Sam Saunders - a summer signing from Dagenham & Redbridge - looked a real livewire, ex-Addick Myles Weston had his moments and Andy Scott still has the luxury of welcoming a few first-team defenders back from injury. The signs for our London counterparts look good.
Signs are even brighter in SE7. The table makes superb reading, the squad is stronger after some late summer dealing and the downbeat memories of last season are being replaced with positivity. A reminder of our recent troubles returns next week, however, in the form of the not-so-super Alan Pardew, who brings his struggling Saints to the Valley. A perfect time to record an annihilating home victory me thinks.