For 45 minutes Charlton put on a clinical and exciting performance of lightning quick, counter-attacking football. They swept aside a top-of-the-table Brighton side who are unbeaten this season with strikers Ademola Lookman and Reza Ghoochannejhad stunning the Seagulls with two early goals.
In five minutes the deadly duo had done what no-one else had against Brighton since April – scored twice.
It was, for that all too short a period, no longer a chore being a Charlton fan.
Of course, it soon unravelled and the Addicks would head back up the M23 with nothing to show for their efforts as the hosts somehow eased through to a 3-2 win .
So whose fault was it?
- The strikers for missing two or three more gilt-edged chances before the break?
- Alou Diarra for giving the ball away to allow James Wilson through to goal?
- Patrick Bauer for the sending-off which left the Addicks down to 10 men for the last half an hour?
- New boss Karel Fraeye for, well, for just being there?
- Owner Roland Duchatelet for appointing the inexperienced, interim boss?
- All of the above?
In truth, there were more signs for optimism on the pitch than there were reasons for despair.
There are deep concerns with the way Charlton is being run and growing unrest in the stands.
There’s even been some Monty Python-esque rumblings that fans would like to see the club relegated to force a change in ownership.
Does anyone seriously believe that would see Duchatelet cut his losses, give the club to the fans and wave goodbye to the money he has spent?
Despite that, answers are needed about the future strategy for the club which seems to have veered away from the network since Standard Liege left the gang.
For example, without large investment how does Duchatelet ever believe a club profit can be delivered?
And why has the owner not watched a match all season?
But while the protests will continue in and outside the stands, support is needed for a side determined to push away from the relegation zone.
The introduction Ricardo Vaz Te and the return of Ghoochannejhad is more conducive to strong squad performances than one-man team Tony Watt, who has been shipped out to Cardiff .
Arsenal target Lookman is the most exciting attacker out of the youth team since Robert Lee, while players like Tareiq Holmes-Dennis, Harry Lennon and Karlan Ahearne-Grant are stars of the future.
It’s proof investment in youth facilities should only be applauded.
Fraeye, while no-one’s first choice, seems a decent man with good ideas. He’s also got more experience in management than Alan Curbishley had when he took the helm with Steve Gritt 25 years ago.
The fans should support this young team. But, most importantly, they must continue those demands for answers, regardless of any upturn in form.