Friday, 26 December 2008

Bailey 'scores' twice to earn draw

Nicky Bailey had two goals attributed to him as Charlton battled for a 2-2 draw at home to Queen's Park Rangers at The Valley, while supremo Phil Parkinson was sent off.

McEveley was back in the line up for today's clash between Charlton and Queen's Park Rangers at The Valley with Grant Basey slipping back to the subs' bench, reports Petts Wood Addick Janice Styler. Shelvey was on the bench, but Elliott was preferred in goal to Weaver. There were six changes to the Super Hoops side that beat Preston at Loftus Road as some players were rested. Helguson was on the Rangers bench that was studded with quality.

An early shot by Semedo was wide. Bouazza put in a ball in, the keeper played the ball out and Waghorn was not able to control it on the edge of the area. Rangers launched a counter attack. Charlton won the first corner of the game after McEveley foraged down the left.

Rangers won a corner off Fortune, Lee Cook going across to take it. Rangers threatened through Hall, but Elliott was able to take the ball as it bounced in front of him.

Rangers were awarded a free kick in a dangerous position on the edge of the 'D'. The ball went over the wall of four, which did not look well lined up, and Lee Cook scored against his former loan club. Once again Charlton had gone behind to a set piece.

Charlton won a corner which was well taken by Bailey, Bouazza took the second corner but Rangers were able to break. Cranie blocked the attack. Alberti got a yellow card for a challenge on Semedo.

Charlton won another corner taken by Bouazza, but Rangers eventually managed to clear. Charlton won another corner but Rangers were eventually able to clear and looked dangerous on the break.

Waghorn threatened after some work by Gray and Sam, but Cerny in the Rangers goal was able to reach it first. A volleyed shot by Bailey was blocked by the Rangers defence. Bouazza had the ball on the left in a promising position but then played it back to the halfway line. McEveley picked up a yellow card.

Sam put a good ball in, Waghorn back heeled it well to Gray in a crowded penalty area, but Gorkss was able to defend for Rangers. A Rangers break was dealt with by Hudson, but Rangers won a corner. Hall put in a shot which was punched out by Elliott who made an excellent reaction save despite the problems caused by the low winter sun.

Cook was booked for some afters with Semedo. Alberti tried to go for a shot, but was blocked by Bailey and then Cook fed Blackstock and Elliott had to save from an on target header. The ball should have been cut out by two Charlton defenders.

Charlton were awarded a free kick, but Bailey's effort went over the wall and then over the crossbar. Two minutes of time were added on. Bouazza put in a shot and the Charlton players appealed for handball by Ramage, but without success. Fortune was felled by Blackstock.

Charm merchant Connolly was the third Rangers player to go in the book and the referee then blew the whistle for half time as boos rang round The Valley. Charlton had failed to make a shot on target.

Half time: Addicks 0, Super Hoops 1

Charlton won an early corner after a foray by Bouazza. The corner from Sam was collected by Cerny. Sam went down the wing, cut inside, put a superb cross in, Bailey anticipated well and scored with a header from a few yards out.

Hall got a vital block as McEveley and Bouazza combined. Gorkss failed to prevent the corner. Bouazza played the corner short and it was unproductive. Alberti made way for Ephraim, formerly a Hampsters trainee.

Blackstock found himself in a good position, although being pulled wide by Fortune, but Elliott coped well and the ball went out for a goal kick. Fortune seemed to have a slight limp after he defended a ball. Lee Cook was taken off to boos and Ledesma, an Argentinian on loan from Genoa, came on.

Bailey made a good challenge on Ephraim. From practically nothing, Blackstock (who got both the goals at Loftus Road) turned in the 18 yard box and put the ball past Elliott to make it 1-2. The Charlton defence was not in evidence, although Fortune did seem to be in some discomfort.

Burton was brought on in place of Waghorn in the hope that experience might tell. Cranie was booked. Semedo made a challenge on Ledesma, Hudson chatted to the referee and the card was just a yellow.

Burton fell over Leigertwood and got Charlton a free kick which led to a corner. Bailey's effort was blocked by Gorkss on the near post.

The ball came in, Cerny punched it and it looked as if Hogan Ephraim obligingly put the ball in the back of the net for Charlton, although the goal was attributed to Bailey. Basey came on and Bouazza went off, a bit of a puzzle given that Bouazza had been putting in some decent crosses. Shelvey had been prepared to come on, but returned to the bench. Shortly afterwards Di Carmine was replaced by Helguson, once rumoured to be a Charlton target on.

Basey whipped the ball in from the left, Sam leapt and made contact but it just went wide of the left hand upright. Rangers won a free kick and Charlton's marking looked suspect. Burton broke away, but Connolly was able to clear. Rangers threatened and the ball went on to the roof of the net.

Semedo found Sam with a good ball, Burton went for a chipped shot and it was over the bar. There were suspicions of a handball by a Rangers player. Charlton won a corner and Semedo made way for Matt Holland. Basey's corner was very poor and Hudson turned it past the post.

Four minutes of time were added on. There were appeals again for a handball by Connolly. Rangers broke, Helguson put in a shot from the right, the ball hit the woodwork, it looked as if they had scored, but it was ruled out. The refree marched across to the Charlton bench and sent off Phil Parkinson.

Sam put in a grass cutter and Cerny collected. Cranie blocked a Rangers attack at the expense of a throw in. Bailey blocked a ball in by Gorkss. Every Charlton player was back for the corner, Elliott punched the ball away. Elliott had to turn the ball past his near post for another corner, the four minutes having been played. Elliott punched it out and the whistle went.

Charlton fought hard for the draw, but they are only one match away from the 1955 league record of sixteen matches without a win and could well achieve it at Sheffield United.


Anonymous said...

No sooner over than on your blog, Wyn - very impressive. Don't think we should worry too much abot records, strikes me this was a good result and showed character coming from behind twice - come on you reds!

Ant said...

The second half peformance was good. Bailey and Semedo bossed the midfield superbly. Sam was dangerous (although needs to start scoring the odd goal). If we play like that for the rest of the season then we should stay up. The only downside was some inept defending for Ranger's 2nd, and another woeful contribution from Andy Gray. If we'd have lost it would have made the Board's decision easier on replacing Parky - I wouldn't like to have to make that call now.

johnny73 said...

I'm a supporter of stability but every game we fail to win is a step closer to relegation. Parkinson needs a win to keep the job.

Anonymous said...

I sometimes wonder if I watch the same matches as other fans? I thought Andy Gray battled hard, the match passed Waghorn by. Bailey had a excellent second half and definately headed the second goal. Sam has ability but only applies it about 20% of the time. Bouazza is so frustrating and wastes so much of the ball, he gave away the free kick for the QPR first goal as he bottled the header. having said that it was his crosses that led to bailey's goal and the good chance for Sam when he headed back across the goal. I agree it was a good battling performance but the reality was the first half was poor. QPR only tried to win it in the last 5 minutes before that they waited for us to make errors.
Despite the battling point it is not good enough and we will lose tomorrow leaving Parkinson with no wins. He has not affected our season positively and WE MUST REPLACE HIM. I suspect the Board see it differently even after 16 matches without a WIN come Sunday evening.