Another thriller at Hillsborough ?


Probably not.

It is just short of a year since Charlton last travelled up to Hillsborough.  On the morning of Easter Monday 2014 our club was in twentieth position just two points above the relegation zone. We were playing twice a week and were rapidly running out of games in hand. We had just been well beaten at Brighton (0-3) and had lost at home (1-2) to rivals Barnsley. On Good Friday we had only managed a 0-0 draw with Bolton at The Valley. And by eight minutes past three our tired team were 0-2 down to Wednesday and looking down and out.

Enter Marvin Sordell who had been a disappointment ever since his signing on loan from Bolton at the start of the season.  In the next hour he confounded his critics by calmly slotting in three almost identical goals to give Charlton a remarkable victory.  We lost the next game at home to Blackburn (Sordell missed a penalty) but a win over Watford secured our Championship place. There was a euphoric atmosphere at The Valley and Jose Riga was the toast of the town.

Twelve months later it is hard to find much enthusiasm for what is a mid table end of season encounter at Hillsborough on Saturday.  Wednesday started the season quite well and were in the top six until mid September. By the time they came to The Valley at the beginning of November, however, they were drifting into mid table.  The goal that Royston Drenthe scored for them that day was their only goal in seven matches over a period of a month, but it was a superb goal. In fact, for the first forty five minutes, Drenthe seemed almost unplayable and an away win seemed likely.  Charlton started the game with Tucudean and Ahearne-Grant up front, and Bob Peeters had to summon Igor Vetokele from the bench to secure a point.

Since then The Owls have maintained a mid table position. Results have been largely uninteresting and inconsistent. They have only recorded back to back wins on two occasions and they are surely already thinking about next season. Their new owner - Thai businessman Dejphon Chansiri who purchased the club from Milan Manderic last month -  has targeted The Premier League for the club's 150th anniversary in 2017.

Having scored just that one goal in fifteen appearances for Wednesday, Drenthe departed in the January window for the irresistible enticement of Kayseri Ericyesspar in the Turkish League.  With Charlton's strike force so much stronger now it would be reasonable to expect that we should be able to gain the upper hand. Much might depend on how we deal withthe host's lumbering giant - the Austrian Atdhe Nuhiu.  Of Kosovan extraction, the 6'5" Nuhiu was signed by Wednesday from Rapid Vienna two years ago and is their leading scorer this season with 10.  Ben Haim and Johnson struggled to contain Matt Smith in the air on Tuesday evening and it might be a similar story if long balls are sent forward on Saturday.  Stevie May or the headline writer's dream Sergiu Bus will be looking for the knock downs.  Jose Semedo is unlikely to play and, sadly, Miguel Llera has now departed for Scunthorpe.

Yoni Buyens and Chris Solly will be available after suspension but Charlton's inspirational form of February and March seems to have deserted them.  A lacklustre draw seems  the most likely outcome. Maybe the Supporters Trust should facilitate another meeting ?

Probably not.