Charlton Athletic's Dorian Dervite writes for the KM Group
Losing our recent unbeaten run last Saturday was disappointing
because for the majority of the game against Bolton, we felt that
we were well on top.
But in some ways, it shows how far we have come this season.
In the first few months, we took our time to get settled into
the Championship. I’m a new arrival, having joined in the summer,
but the Championship is a big step up from League 1.
That was illustrated at the Reebok Stadium when Bolton brought
on their two substitutes late in the game, David N’Gog and Martin
Both players have an abundance of experience of Premier League
football and it was N’Gog who proved to be the difference. To have
quality like that on the bench shows the strength Bolton have in
their squad and perhaps it shows how well we have been doing
recently by the fact that their win only took them one place above
us in the table.
It was interesting playing against Kevin Davies, who has played
for England and is an experienced player who is strong and uses his
body well. But now I have more experience against this type of
Our next match is also away from home, at Sheffield Wednesday on
Saturday, and after losing our first away match since mid-September
last weekend, we want to start a good new run.
It’s the first match of what everyone calls the festive fixtures
and there are plenty of games over the next few weeks.
Although I first came to England in 2006, this will be my first
proper experience of being involved and playing over Christmas and
the new year.
When I was at Tottenham as a young player, I wasn’t in the
first-team squad all of the time and when I went on loan to
Southend, it was at the end of January for the second half of the
I’m looking forward to it. I know that football at this time of
year is a traditional part of the English game, so it’s going to be
good to be involved.
After playing in midfield earlier this season, I’ve been at
centre-half for the past three matches but I don’t mind which
position I play. As long as I am playing, I will always give my