On January 18th – when goalkeeper Ben Alnwick was ill and Ben Hamer was injured – Yohann Thuram started Charlton’s trip to Middlesbrough. Thuram made a crucial error, allowing a weak Emmanuel Lledesma shot to bounce over him and Charlton lost the game 1-0.
Ben Alnwick then returned and replaced Thuram for a 3-0 win over Oxford United and a 1-0 win over Huddersfield Town. After two wins and two clean sheets Alnwick kept his place for the trip to Doncaster Rovers on Tuesday January 28th.
At 9.19pm that night – with 15 minutes of the match remaining – Duchâtelet sent Powell the following email:
Three days after the loss to Doncaster, Alnwick was told he was no longer needed and his contract torn up. With Alnwick heading to Leyton Orient, 18 year-old Dillon Phillips was left as Charlton’s only fit back up, leaving Powell with little choice but to play Thuram.
Next Loic Nego and Reza Ghoochanjhad arrived at the training ground, and Powell was advised that he should play them in an email sent to the Charlton manager on January 30th at 8.42am: