Thursday, October 29, 2009

A look ahead to.....Carlisle

The Addicks face another team they should beat quite comfortably this weekend in the form of Carlisle United. Greg Abbott's men won for the first time in eight games last weekend with victory over Southend, a result that elevated them out of the bottom three and eased the pressure on their under-fire boss.

I dismissed the Cumbrians in my intro because if Parky's boys get their heads in gear their class should see them through, but it would be wrong to underestimate the Blue Army because they are the only side other than ourselves to take anything from Elland Road this term and they were the last team to win on Leeds' turf.

United also have a bevy of players who have achieved at least mild success at a higher level, including new signing Vincent Pericard, Irish veteran Graham Kavanagh, ex-West Brom striker Scott Dobie and former Champions League semi-finalist Ian Harte, a man who who had a trial with the Addicks last year.

As for us, injury worries have risen again. Rob Elliot is out for six weeks with a torn adductor muscle (thigh injury to you and I) and both Frazer Richardson and Chris Solly are doubtful for the weekend clash.

Wolves' Carl Ikeme has been drafted in to replace Elliot, though I would rather Darren Randolph was given a chance considering that at 22 he can no longer be considered a promising youngster; he needs to step up and prove his worth.

Nevertheless, I have it on good authority from Molineux sources that Ikeme is a solid 'keeper and will not let us down should he take to the field. Let's hope the expected loanee right-back to cover Frazer and Chris does not either.

Takeover talk is also circling (when is it not) with the latest as I hear it that the consortium fronted by Newcastle's perceived destroyers Dennis Wise and Tony Jimenez has pulled out, leaving a clear path for ex-Birminghman owners David Gold and David Sullivan, though West Ham and Palace are still on their radar.

Some may not be enamoured by the former porn-magazine entrepreneurs but they know how to run a football club, which - if a takeover is completed - is far more important than having pot loads of cash to fritter away.

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