Charlton ended a disappointing season on a high note at The Valley today when they trounced Coventry City 4-1 at The Valley. If Leicester had been able to score against Stoke, the result could have meant relegation for the Sky Blues.
Luke Varney opened the scoring with an early goal from a lob with Bougherra as provider. Andy Gray made it 2-1, but then Coventry got back in the match with a 20 yard strike from the Mosquito.
Three minutes after the break Grant Basey celebrated his new contract by making it 3-1. A cross from Halford gave Varney a chance to make it 4-1 and a goal from Best was disallowed from Coventry. The Sky Blues tried to press forward as the pattern of results from elsewhere filtered through, but the Charlton defence held firm.
Then Chris Powell came on and a long throw from Halford allowed him to make it 4-1, scoring what must be his last ever goal at The Valley.
The gaps in the crowd reflected the mood of the Addickted. However, only one of the relegated teams (Watford) even made the play offs and then only just (by a goal difference of one). Charlton were predicted go straight back up but that always struck me as lazy journalism of the 'what goes down must come up' variety.
Elsewhere Crystal Palace defeated ten man Burnley 5-0 to secure their play off place.
What is striking about Charlton's record is that they conceded 29 goals at home. Only the two bottom teams had a worse record at home.