The Addicks: Weaver; Mills, Bougherra, Fortune, Powell; Sam (Holland 81), Semedo, Zheng, Reid; Iwelumo, Varney (McLeod 66).
Subs (not used): Randolph, Sodje, Holland, Todorov.
Goals: Sam 15
Booked: Semedo 50 (foul on Tabb), Mills 81 (foul on Mifsud)
The three main contentions with that would mean Danny Mills remaining at full-back despite the return to fitness of Yassin Moutaouakil, the continuance of Lloyd Sam on the right although he seemed to fade badly last Saturday and keeping the same strike partnership of Iwelumo and Varney.
As far as right-back is concerned, Danny Mills seems tailor made for a visit to Coventry and Pards will not want to upset a defence that has kept two clean sheets in a row.
Iwelumo is looking good up front, lots of intelligence football and goals as well and Luke Varney does stretch defences with good running down the wide channels that, with apologies to little Bent, we haven't seen done so well since another little 'un, Paul Williams, back in the Division One days. So Pards will play them both and somehow keep Todorov happy with a place on the bench. McLeod, after missing his chance on Tuesday will be left out.
And the midfield. I think Lloyd Sam will be 'rested' and that we'll play Reid, Semedo, ZiZi and Ambrose.
So the team: Weaver; Mills, Bougherra, Fortune, Powell; Reid, Semedo, ZiZi, Ambrose; Iwelumo and Varney.What Does Pards Say?
And once again, and its getting quite boring, another team that we usually lost to. The current score, in League games anyway, is 22-29 to them.
Good at Home
With the unusual tactic at Palarse of inspiring the team with the suggestion that they should win it for the Chairman, we played a 4-5-1 and only changed it to a 4-4-2 for the last half-hour with Todorov taking over from Thomas. It gave us our first clean sheet after letting in 6 goals in 3 fizzy games and facing the Leagues highest goalscorers Pards could decide to continue with the formation.
Against Palarse the team was: Weaver; Mills, Fortune,McCarthy,Powell; Thomas , Semedo, ZiZi, Ambrose, Reid; Iwelumo.
Subs: Randolph, Racon, Sam, Todorov, McLeod.
After the clean sheet it would be a surprise if the defence was changed although Ben Thatcher is apparently fit again. Jon Fortune, according to reports, played a blinder at Palarse and with his knowledge of Lisbie after so many years together has to start. The signing of Sam Sodje and the return of Magic Bougherra will please Pards but to my mind he'll wait and see how last weeks central-defensive pairing perform before changing anything for a second successive away game.
With Chris Iwelumo returning to his old club, he does look certain to start after his performance last time out although, similar to the knowledge Fortune has of Lisbie, so the Colchester manager Geraint Williams does say that "we know all about him (Iwelumo) here and we'll be looking to keep him quiet."
Because of that perhaps Pardew will surprise everyone and put fit-again Luke Varney up front and if its a 4-4-2 then maybe he would but he's not a player for a single striker role especially after injury so its surely the bench for him at the moment. So the only question is; will Pards want to keep Todorov happy or will he continue play with the 4-5-1.
For me its 4-5-1 with ZiZi, Reid, Semedo, shot-happy Ambrose ( the man with the most shots apparently) and Thomas.So the team? Exactly the same as at Palarse: Weaver; Mills, Fortune,McCarthy,Powell; Thomas , Semedo, ZiZi, Ambrose, Reid; Iwelumo
What Does Pards Say?
Kev's a Fantastic Person.
Commenting on the lose of Darren Bent, Pards had this to say on Thursday; "I had to bring in fresh strikers to liven the place up after losing Darren [Bent]. Kevin probably wouldn't have started, and injuries have really held him back. He's a fantastic person and a great player but injuries have always been his handicap and if he can steer clear of them he will be a big success for Colchester. He is a good signing for them. I have a lot of respect for him, but he was here for a long time and sometimes it's just time to move on, and I think that was true for Kevin"
The dailymail adds to the gossip and tells us that "There was a truce of sorts yesterday with Charlton's directors agreeing to sit in the same VIP box as their Palace opposite numbers, including owner Jordan, the man who outrageously described Charlton's fans as imbeciles." but then points out that "it is difficult to argue against the belief of Pardew that Charlton were the dominant side. They certainly created more chances but appear to be a team lacking the finishing power they will need if they are to finish this campaign either with automatic promotion straight back to the Premier League or a play-off place" and "Chris Iwelumo was guilty of a horrible miss, sidefooting wastefully wide in front of goal from Zheng Zhi's cut-back."
Meanwhile, there's Conrad Leach in the independent, a bit more used to fizzy-football perhaps than Mr Rowan, and with an insight into the lack of 'full-throttle' football that Pards seems to have given us, "I don't think we're that sort of team," said Pardew, "I miss it a bit, to be honest."
On tiscali there's a few helpful quotes from Pards and on cafc Pards lets us know that he thought that Racon "was outstanding in his first game in the Championship". And if you care how the others got on, the telegraph has its usual fizzy round-up.
And if you really want to see how the other lot suffered, and see a few stats, you can read their biased report here in which they make the absurd claim that the match could have gone either way. Ha, but it didn't did it.
On the player front, Danny Mills made his reappearance as number 44 - must be his age - and a keen fan is obviously inspector sands. And after all the pre-season talk about our little irish fella not lasting the season, there he is having played every single minute, in the fizzies anyway, along with Ambrose and Weaver.
The Addicks: Weaver; Mills, Fortune, McCarthy, Powell; Thomas (Todorov 67), Semedo (Racon 71), Zheng, Ambrose, Reid; Iwelumo (McLeod 90).
Subs (not used): Randolph, Sam.
Goals: Todorov 74
Booked: Ambrose 81