Didn't know where to post this, feel free to move it. Definitely a case of two points dropped today, I'm afraid. Charlton's confidence was pretty low after their drubbing last week, but we were unable to take advantage. We failed to carve out enough chances to score, and whilst in the main we were solid defensively, there was a distinct lack of creativity. I don't think we really dragged their defence out of position enough, they were comfortable heading things away and defending the width of the box, and we really played into their hands. Kenny sprung something of a surprise before kick off by starting Afobe ahead of Dicko. I know that the club are being very careful with Dicko, given recent injury concerns, but I was still surprised that Dicko was left out. Our first half performance was one of relative comfort. We had plenty of possession, got into some good areas, but the final ball wasn't there. Henry and Van La Parra were both guilty of some wasteful crosses. McDonald almost sent Afobe through with a terrific pass, but it was just overhit. The young full backs weren't pushed on enough, and as I mentioned last week, our central players were about 10 yards too deep. Charlton's defence were big but lacked mobility, so it was so disappointing that we didn't try and stretch them. The one time Afobe did get away from them, they were terrified, but it didn't happen nearly enough. Charlton fizzed one dangerous ball across the box, but other than that offered nothing as an attacking threat. Gudmundsson looked a very tidy player in possession, but that was it. The first 5-10 minutes of the second half were about as good as it got. Dicko and Golbourne came on at half time, and the team seemed rejuvinated. There was one cleared off the line, a couple of other dangerous situations and one blocked away with Afobe waiting for a tap in. The game opened up and Charlton came forward a bit more, forcing Ikeme to push away a long range effort. For me the frustration of the second half was that we kept doing the same things, they kept not working. We'd move to within 20-25 yards of goal, move the ball sideways and backwards, and lose it. There was a distinct lack of guile in our team today. When Sako doesn't play, we don't have anybody who can do the unexpected. We created a couple of openings, but didn't test their goalkeeper. Like the Blackpool match last week, we had to be patient, but I think the difference was Charlton were a little bit better organised. As frustrating as Blackpool were last week, there was always going to be a chance, whereas I think we could still be playing now and it would be 0-0. I forgot Andy D'Urso was still around, but I don't think he did too badly. Probably should have pulled Charlton up for a few niggly fouls, but tried to play the game. His assistant on the Billy Wright side had a shocker though. Overall, as I say, given the relative form of the two sides, it's a case of two points dropped. Just on the balance of play though, I would be hard pressed to find any evidence to suggest we should have won. I probably can't even argue that we were the better side, as we didn't do enough in the final third. The positives though, another clean sheet, another point. I do get the feeling that today showed why we will probably finish somewhere between 7th-14th. I think better sides than us (Derby, Middlesbrough) would have found a way to win that, whereas Charlton could probably have nicked it had they been playing someone in worse form than us. Ratings: Ikeme- 8. Made two important saves, one from long range and another a one on one. There was also one terrific goal kick first half which almost played Van La Parra clean through on goal. Iorfa- 7. Perhaps not his best game, but he got forward at times and got involved. Won every one on one he had against his marker, and there was one fantastic piece of defending second half, as under pressure, he controlled the ball in the six yard box and played it off an attacker for a goal kick. Batth- 6. I actually, and this may surprise a few people, thought Batth was pretty poor today. There were some woeful sliced clearances under little pressure, and Vetokele seemed to escape him a few times. He also allowed the ball to bounce on a couple of occasions. Stearman- 8- MotM. Contined his excellent run of form. Made two or three vital interceptions, and brought the ball out of defence with great confidence. Dealt with any threats with ease. Given that the rest of the defence are aged 19, 19 and 23 (I think), it's great to see Stearman adding that experience. Hause- 6. Very shaky today I thought, I called the half time substitution after about 35 minutes. Gave the ball away too often, and didn't get into any really threatening positions. Price- 8. I've seen him get mixed reviews for today, but I thought personally he was one of our better players. You can argue all you like about whether he was too deep, and although I think both midfielders were too deep, Price is far more effective playing from the deeper position. A couple of times he dug us out of potential trouble on the edge of the box, and although there wasn't the incision in his passing that we saw against Blackpool, he still kept things moving along. McDonald- 6. I don't think he did enough today. He saw plenty of the ball, but apart from the one pass I mentioned which nearly sent Afobe through, there was little in the way of creativity. I acknowledge that he's not a naturally creative player, but for me, with Price playing well in that deeper role, McDonald has to be the one to get forward more, especially at home. We saw last season that he's very hard to disposess or stop, so I think we need more from him in the opponent's third. Henry- 6. Showed a couple of neat touches, but on the occasions he got into crossing positions, could only find the arms of the keeper. Not totally convinced by this constant switching round with Van La Parra, for me it overcomplicates things when your wingers keep switching flanks, I like to see a winger spend 90 minutes running at the same full bacj, breaking him down. Edwards- 7. Plenty of running, but I think he suffered more than anybody for Kenny's half time switches. He's been at Wolves for about 7 years now I think, and it took us about 2 to realise he's not a winger. He'll work himself into the ground for you out wide, but he's been so effective in the 10 role lately, it really didn't help the fluidity of the team, as he kept drifting in, leaving Golbourne trying to do two jobs at once. Van La Parra- 7. It would be interesting to see some detailed possession stats, because it looked to me as though he spent as much time on the ball as anybody. What he does with the ball is frustrating though. He needs to look up more often, because so many times today there was acres of space behind the full back, but he turned inside and was crowded out. He has the pace and the skill to destroy a full back on the outside, for me though he doesn't do it enough. Afobe- 7. When he got on the ball first half he looked good, he showed a bit of tenacity and a nice change of pace, but without the ball he doesn't offer as much as Dicko. On today's showing I'm not 100% convinced he's the ideal player to play up front on his own, but obviously it's only one game so I won't say that for definite. Subs: Golbourne- 7. Great to have him back, I thought he looked very good. Played almost as a wing back at times, got into some decent positions, and made one important clearance. Dicko- 7. Added a bit more energy to the team, but didn't get on the ball enough. Had a couple of penalty appeals late on which I can't comment on from where I sit, certainly the one in stoppage time looked like there might have been a case. Doherty- 6. Not really on the pitch long enough to make an impact, spent more time going forward than he did in defence, such was the nature of the last 10-15 minutes.