Bit weird this. It’s the first preview of the post-Neil era. I mean, we still have a Neil but he’s not the original Neil. It’s like when I was at primary school and I had one teacher called Mrs. Williams and then another one called Mrs. Williams and one was my teacher in year one and one was my teacher in year two. I liked the one in year one but wasn’t sure on the one in year two. I’m not really sure where this story is going but tomorrow is like when you go back to school thinking you have the same teacher called Neil but it’s a different Neil and he could be horrible but he will probably be really nice. 

Charlton Athletic vs. Cardiff City

SkyBet Championship

Saturday 23rd November 

The Valley, Charlton. 

Three things to watch out for

Forward thinking. Neil Harris, our new manager and not Neil Warnock, said that Glatzel has a tight hammy and ya man Ward is suspended for three games. So that leaves us with a couple options up top. Omar Bogle, Gary Madine, or Callum Paterson. If I had to choose from these three, it would be big Callum but it’s not me who has a choice, it’s Neil Harris, not Neil Warnock, who has the choice. My hunch is he goes with Bogle. This is based on nothing but a feeling in my water. 

Defensive decisions. Aden Flint had been struggling under Neil Warnock, not Neil Harris, and was becoming the scapegoat for the teams ills. Curtis Nelson had impressed in the games he played and Sean Morrison, the handlebar shagger, is back in contention alongside Sol Bamba. Four doesn’t go into two, presuming we carry on with the same formation for Saturday, meaning there is a decision to be made. My bet is Flint and Nelson carry on with Moz on the bench just because of the injuries he suffered. Bamba may be the fall guy for new Neil.

Midfield movements. Neil Harris, not Neil Warnock, suggested that Joe Ralls may miss out this weekend so that means the central berths are likely to go to Pack and Bacuna. Will Tomlin start ahead of them? One would assume so. Then on the wings, it’s all to play for. Murphy needs to have his confidence built back up under Neil Harris, not Neil Warnock, so he may take some time to get to his best. I can see Hoilett and NML starting again tomorrow but changes could be afoot.

Charlton players to watch out for

Charlton haven’t won in four games and lost to Millwall last time out. Hopefully we can extend their run of form but there’s a few players at the Valley that I have my eye on. Macaulay Bonne has come in up front for the Addicks and scored one in two so far this season. 

They’ve also got some players well known to us at Cardiff, albeit for different reasons. Darren Pratley, emphasis on the prat, scored for the Swans against us in some ding-dong-derby games back in the day. At right back, they’ve got Adam Matthews who came to prominence with his spell at Cardiff. And another former youth player , has made sporadic appearances for Charlton since joining in the summer.

Worst case result

Neil Harris, not Neil Warnock, needs to hit the ground running but Charlton may see this as a chance to arrest their small slump. Their players will be up for upsetting our new manager on his first day and if they play the football they are capable of, it could be three points for Charlton. 2-0.

Best case result

Neil Harris, not Neil Warnock, will want to show the fans what he’s all about on his first appearance as Cardiff manager. He’s urged passionate football, where the players work hard and if he hits the ground running, the optimism could quickly return to a fanbase who are pretty low. 2-0.