After Saturday’s jubilant relegation six-pointer victory at Rotherham, The Addicks play host to another relegation rival this time in the shape of Bristol City. Charlton secured their first win since November on Saturday and will hope to grab all there points off The Robins at The Valley on Saturday.
LEWIS CATT previews tomorrow’s clash
It would be easy to get carried away after Saturday’s fantastic vistory in what was a must win six-pointer away at Rotherham. Charlton had a large, vocal following in Yorkshire last weekend and the players did not let them down with what was a complete transformation and what we have seen from the team lately.
The 5-0 and 6-0 defeats are becoming a distant bad memory and Jose Riga is beginning to stamp his organised tactics on our struggling squad. Simon Makienok looked like a completely different player on Saturday, hungry to be on the ball, winning headers and you can only say that Riga has instilled confidence into a player that most fans had written off.
Igor Vetokele has come back confident and determined to prove his worth and I for one am happy to see him back.
The Addicks strengthened their ranks on deadline day with the signings of Yaya Sanogo and Rod Fanni. Both will supply cover in positions in which were short. Fanni can provide cover for Chris Solly and also play CB, whereas Sanogo is coming in to replace Tony Watt and Ricardo Vaz Te who have both departed.
The Addicks are presented with a huge opportunity to dig themselves out of the bottom three and maybe go on a run which could slowly drag them away from danger. This is another must win game. COME ON YOU REDS!
Sanogo and Fanni may need to wait to make their Charlton debuts as it will be unlikely that Jose Riga would change a winning side. Wit’s Lookman, Vetokele and Makienok all on the score sheet on Saturday, Sanogo may need to wait his turn.
Stephen Henderson made some fantastic saves on Saturday and looked back to his best, he should continue between the sticks.
Solly, Lennon and Fox should join the impressive Jorge Teixiera in defence. Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Zakayra Bergdich both got involved in terms of assists on Saturday and should keep their places in the side. Johnnie Jackson and Jordan Cousins should continue in central midfield, Jordan especially after his best performance this season.
The only headache for Riga will be choosing two starting strikers from Makienok, Vetokele and Lookman. Ahmed Kashi remains a long term absence but Alou Diarra and Patrick Bauer are around 2-3 weeks away from returning.
Henderson, Solly, Teixiera, Lennon, Fox, Gudmundsson, Cousins, Jackson, Bergdich, Makienok, Vetokele.
Bristol City welcome back Joe Bryan after he missed the Birmingham game with a knee injury. Interim boss John Pemberton is without goalkeeper Frank Fielding along with Luke Ayling who is due to undergo knee surgery. Former Addick academy graduate Scott Wagstaff could have some involvement after finding his opportunities limited.
Marlon Pack, Bobby Reid and Korey Smith should continue in central midfield.
Loanee Lee Tomlin should remain in the side after signing on loan from Bournemouth. Jonathan Kodjia should continue up top but will have Aaron Wilbraham and Kieran Agard breathing down his neck for a starting place.
I have a feeling we could be on track for a long awaited home win.
Charlton 2-0 Bristol City.