First the negative. The thin nature of Charlton’s squad was exposed on Saturday, August 23.
Now the positive – what the team lacks in depth it makes up for in fearlessness.
In the absence of Tony Watt, Chris Solly, Igor Vetokele, Reza Ghoochannejhad, Johnnie Jackson and Stephen Henderson, the average age of the first 11 was just 24 and that of the substitutes was just 19.
Compare that with a Hull side, which included £10million Abed Hernandez, with an average age was 26.
But Steve Bruce’s men were outbattled for 70 minutes. When Hull did finally get their equaliser, the Addicks – who went on to lose El Hadji Ba and Cristian Ceballos to even more injuries – rose to snatch an unlikely and frankly ludicrous 98th minute winner for 2-1.
So how did they do it? Hull, although looking largely awful for much of the match, actually went into the game off the back of two wins and a draw.
Charlton had enjoyed a gruelling seven days that saw tough trips to Derby and Nottingham Forest, where the side received an almighty kicking.
But as we are growing to appreciate, this Charlton side have grit and, in intense adversity on Saturday, that was massively exaggerated.
Alongside the knocks to Ba and Ceballos, The Valley also saw goalkeeper Nick Pope bleeding from his face and were treated to the agonising sight of defender Patrick Bauer having his dislocated finger re-positioned.
It was a moment that summed up the new signing’s bravery. The digitally damaged German was as impressive as ever alongside fantastic Frenchman – the oldest Addick on show by some eight years – 34-year-old Alou Diarra.
The duo provide the steel for the Addicks and, although Hernandez was a constant thorn in their side after his introduction, they seemed to inspire their colleagues.
One man who didn’t need any inspiration was Simon Makienok. The giant Dane was unstoppable in the second half.
Makienok has had a hand in each of the Charlton goals this season and the bruiser has all the makings of a player who could achieve cult status.
Similarly the stands chanted the name of manager Guy Luzon, pictured, for large parts of Saturday’s victory as the Charlton faithful very much buy into his, sometimes crazy, management style.
So when he urged the fans to raise the atmosphere they responded.
The side still has a lot to learn, exemplified by debutant Regan Charles-Cook being exposed in the centre and Pope fumbling for the equaliser.
But this side are going places. A win on Saturday, August 29, could see them top by September.
You could have got odds of 80/1 on that a few weeks ago - but I doubt anyone was brave enough to do that.
Maybe it’s now time to believe.
Before returning to league action Charlon are set to face Peterborough on Tuesday, August 25.