Strange to say, after a home draw with Scunthorpe, this was an encouraging performance. The difference in technical ability between the teams was frankly enormous. Only some wayward finishing, an excellent and courageous performance by Scunthorpe's keeper, and a lapse in defensive concentration at a corner stood in the way of an emphatic win.
The team is, of course, in the early stages of its development and we are going to have to be patient, but it looks promising. Moutouakil was sublime - just about a perfect performance - and Big Bent, a few wild finishes apart, ran him close for man of the match. Semedo was determined and skilful in central midfield; Lloyd Sam tied his marker in intricate knots but must improve his crossing; and Todorov was inconsistent but did produce moments of class. On the down side, there were a few instances of confusion and loss of concentration in defence, and Andy Reid was certainly not at his best. We could reframe this positively - we can feel confident that there is better to come.
The side looks good, with another defender to come, so we should be challenging for the title come the turn of the year. And there are many positives- we are unbeaten, after all.
Up the Addicks!