Charlton’s resurgence deserves a headline of its own

Charlton Athletic's form has been outstanding of late. So much so that it deserves a headline or two.

As Cardiff City celebrated the point that secured them top flight promotion for the first time in 53 years, it was easy to forget the other team who had played their part in the match; one who took home a point of their own.

That side was Charlton Athletic, who wouldn’t and couldn’t have overshadowed the party at the Cardiff City Stadium. And yet they deserve more than a few plaudits themselves.

The point they earned last Tuesday was the latest in an impressive run that continued with a 2-1 success over Wolves at the weekend; a win that took them to 9th in the Championship and top of the form table.

In a league where late-season form is everything, Chris Powell’s side have won 14 points from a possible 18, with the two draws in that time coming away to Cardiff and Brighton.

In short, they are on a roll.

And although it is a roll that will almost certainly see them fall just short of the play-offs; it is one that brings hope to the fans who have grown used to less-than-happy endings at The Valley in recent times.

That was until Powell came along: a man who first inspired League One promotion – both with the league title and 101 points – and has now steadied a rocking relegation-threatened boat and turned it into something sturdier.

The Championship is a crazy division. That isn’t a technical term, just the truth. And Charlton have seen more than most that you can flirt with the bottom three one week and almost touch the top six the next.

Were it not for a poor run in March, where the side took just four points from five matches, Charlton may be in the play-offs now. But their league is one of great unpredictability, and to reflect on what might have been is a wasted exercise.

Instead the Addicks must take pride in what they have achieved since then, as the 6-0 demolition of Barnsley and the twin clean-sheets against Cardiff and Brighton are equally impressive achievements.

And it may also be worth noting that Charlton have taken four points off the champions this year, outscoring them 5-4 at home back in November.

So in all the London side should be happy with their season, but happier with the prospect of what is to come.

They may still make the play-offs this campaign; although that would require mass capitulation from the sides above them.

Instead they look ahead. And that is a much better feeling than looking down.

Can Charlton still make the play-offs?  Or more realistically, can they successfully navigate the Championship next season?

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