The Opposition View
In the wake of yesterday's thrilling season-opener at the Valley, here are some views on the match from Charlton manager Phil Parkinson and a few of the Addicks' supporters.
Speaking to the BBC, Parkinson claimed he was glad Wycombe had made a fight of it in the second half, adding that during the first half 'It was almost too easy at times.'
The Charlton boss was keen for his players to realise that life in League One is actually going to be tough.
'At the end of the game I said: lads, that's what you're going to face, you're going to have to stand up to it, you're going to have to throw your heads in, throw your bodies on the line to protect the goal and get the win, and we saw that mentality today which is obviously pleasing,' said Parkinson.
'This division's tough. People aren't going to come to the Valley and roll over, they're going to have a go at us and Wycombe did that in the second half, ' he said.
Parkinson conceded that his change from a 4-5-1 to a 4-4-2 formation during the second half had seen his side lose direction, but added that both the substitutes he introduced up-front almost scored a goal.
He finished by saying 'The winning mentality we've been talking about all through pre-season, we showed it today and it's a good start.'
The Charlton fans were less than impressed with their change of shape in the second half but were generally complimentary about Wycombe's contribution to what turned out to be a nail biting first game of the season for all concerned.
The following extracts are taken from 'Charlton Life', "Vital Charlton" and BBC606.
'I seriously don't understand why on earth Parky was playing 4-5-1 at the start of the game and as soon as they started putting pressure on us we take Burton and Sam off and put 2 strikers on to make it 4-4-2.'
'Made things difficult for ourselves when twice we had them dead and buried. Their second goal was a peach though...perfect ball that would have split any defence, so a bit of credit there to Wycombe.'
'Wycombe played well today and I reckon they're going to give many teams a run for their money.'
'A game where we all but snatched a draw from the jaws of victory. I give Peter Taylor credit for his substitutions, putting different options into his attack.'
Henry Irving wrote:
'Should have buried them but could easily have lost at the end. A newly promoted side smelt blood and went for it. A newly relegated side lost its confidence and shape.'
'A gaping hole in the back four allowed Zebroski to get his second and Wycombe then looked the fitter, stronger and better organised side and how they didn't equalise in the course of several frenetic goal mouth scrambles, I will never know.'
'Great first half. Poor second. We won, but it didn't feel like it at the end.'
'Thank god we held on to the win. I don't want all our wins to be this dramatic, I almost had a heart attack.'
'For the last 20 we were a shambles at the back. A win is a win I guess, but we are going to come up against much much better sides than Wycombe this season.'
'First half was embarrassingly one-sided, men against boys. Second half was an absolute joke. We were all over the place at times. I can't remember coming out of a game having won but feeling so disappointed.'
'Notice how the Wycombe fans never left or got on their team's back when 2-0 and 3-1 down.'
'At times today we looked a league or two above Wycombe.'
'I left the ground feeling as if we had lost. Talk about a game of two halves. Coasting the first as Wycombe looked average at best. Second we let them back in and they took advantage and deserved a draw, I counted at least four clearances from off our goalline.'
All in all, some fair comment from the Addicks' fans, although it's always easier to be gracious in victory.
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