Following Charlton's 1-0 loss at the Valley on Saturday, Vincent Ralph conducted what turned out to be a very brief 'interview' with one of their supporters.
“So,” I said, “give me my story.”
“Crap,” they replied, and then nothing.
“That isn’t a story.”
“That’s all you’re getting. I’m speechless.”
If I am honest, I had hoped for more. I was ready to do a fan-reaction piece on one of the Championship’s fiercest rivalries. But all I got was an angry-looking Addicks supporter shaking their head and generally looking frustrated with their afternoon’s ‘entertainment’.
Saturday’s result saw Charlton slip to 20th in the table, just one point above the relegation zone.
Considering their impressive, if somewhat surprising, ninth-place finish last season, fans of Chris Powell’s side would have expected better than their current predicament, if not better than a final league placing that Powell himself called an overachievement.
Instead, they have won just one of their seven league matches to date, scoring just seven goals – the third worst return in the division.
Millwall are not doing that much better. But their win at the weekend sees them in 17th place in a league where every single point is vital.
So my fan-reaction piece did not quite go the way I had planned. Although with three days to recover, I asked if my resident Charlton supporter had anything to add.
A pause, and then, “Really crap.”
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