GOTW: Doncaster v Charlton

To start this week’s post, the same announcement I’ve posted on Buzzin’ Championship Football this week.

Due to a major change in my professional life, for the next few weeks I’ll be posting on an ‘as and when’ basis due to being a lot busier than normal. I’m going to aim to post something at least once a fortnight, so please bear with me.

Doncaster v Charlton

Something of a rarity, this. Three of the five visits that Charlton have made to Doncaster since the mid 1930s have been since September 2008 and they’ve resulted in one win each and a draw.

On Tuesday Rovers blew their chance of reducing the gap between them and the Addicks when they lost at Shrewsbury. It remains to be seen if their ‘short’ week will catch up with them at the Keepmoat tomorrow, but they’re currently on an eight game home unbeaten run: the problem is that in their three previous home games against the teams above them this season they’ve only recorded one win – against Luton way back in September.

Since Christmas Charlton have only won two of their six roadtrips (against Shrewsbury and Wimbledon), but they’ve only lost once in 2019. They could still make a run at automatic promotion but another season of not being t.good enough is on the cards. Combined with yet another twist in the ownership saga that came this week, Addicks fans may have resign themselves to the old adage that there’s always next year.

There are two other games tomorrow that will feature teams at opposite ends of the table: Luton host Rochdale, whilst Bradford travel to Portsmouth. with a seven point lead and twelve games left it’s possible that Luton’s apparently inexorable march back to the second tier could still fall flat, but I doubt that Rochdale are the team to cause an upset. Bradford travel to Fratton Park with Martin Drury in charge on a caretaker basis after David Hopkin resigned after six months in the post; Pompey haven’t won since New Year’s Day and you need to go back to the season they were last relegated from League One to find the last time that happened. If this run continues they could drop our of the playoff places before the end of the season.

If you’re near a TV set at lunchtime tomorrow, Southend v Barnsley is being televised on Sky Sports Football/Main event at 12:30pm GMT. Southend’s last win at Roots Hall was on New Years day whilst the Tykes are on a fourteen game unbeaten run, having not lost an away game since a 1-0 defeat at Wycombe in mid-December. Since the turn of the century – and despite having six attempts to do so – Southend have only beaten Barnsley once in Essex.

See you soon!