For the second year in a row, the trek to the Valley led to an unsatisfactory walk back to the River Thames. Last year, we witnessed Pompey's early season victory over Charlton, and this year we watched the Addicks open up with a pathetic draw with the (not-so-mighty) Iron of Scunthorpe. It was hard to find much good in the match. Marcus Bent, Charlton's only goal scorer, is now (thankfully) off to Wigan and Todorov was not impressive (although he has, apparently, impressed lately). Showing what little I understand of the sport, I greatly enjoyed the performances of both Lloyd Sam and Yassin Moutaouakil, who were both active and creative on their side of the field.
Otherwise, the squad just looked confused and discombobulated and, no doubt, supporters felt much akin to our captain:
In any event, the injury sustained by Yassin is most unfortunate as the right back looked quality. The seven goals allowed in the last three matches are a testament to how much needs to be improved in the back line and, with luck, the additions of Mills and Sodje will stiffen their resolve.