Tuesday, 3 February 2009

4-4-2 at Ashton Gate

Phil Parkinson has gone for an ambitious - and why not - 4-4-2 formation at Ashton Gate with Trésor Kandol starting up front partnered by Chris Dickson. Therry Racon make his first start after returning from injury, replacing the mercurial Sam in midfield. Grant Basey is preferred at left back while Kelly Youga sits out his one match ban. Hudson has not been able to shake off his injury, so Matt Holland (also acting as captain) takes the centre back role alongside Darren Ward.

The tones of the post horn gallop greeted the teams as they came on to the pitch
writes Eddie Burke from Ashton Gate. Charlton were wearing their white shirts with black shorts. Kandol was hauled down and the Addicks got a free kick in a decent position, but no yellow card was shown. Basey put it just over the angle of the crossbar and post. Charlton had started brightly and won another free kick. Yet another agricultural challenge led to a third free kick in the opening minutes.

City threatened, but Holland headed the ball away. Charlton were three on three, Dickson was fouled right on the edge of the penalty area. Spring's effort went over the top of the bar.

Bristol City won the first corner of the game. Basey headed the ball away and then subsequently by Murty. The home fans seemed a little subdued. Murty put a cross in and there was a suspicion that the home side had used an arm in defence. The home side broke and Adebola put in a poor dive, but again no card was shown.

Dickson put in a shot way over the bar. Racon showed great skill and put in a ball that would have been the goal of the season, but the keeper managed to save at the expense of a corner. Basey's corner was disappointing. City broke, but Charlton were able to clear.

A super far post header from Soares from Bailey's cross put Charlton 1-0 ahead. They had a chance to make it 2-0 minutes later bit Dickson's effort went wide.

Alas, once again Charlton could not hold on to their lead. City came out of the blocks in the second half and Adebola scored twice on 49 and 53 minutes to give the home side a 2-1 victory. Once again the limitations of Holland as a makeshift central defender were apparent, although Elliot kept the scoreline respectable by tipping the ball over the bar.

Another nail in the relegation coffin. In contrast to some recent matches, the stats were in Charlton's favour with nine shots on target to eight and four corners to three. But the only stat that real counts is the ball in the back of the net.


Mike said...

I make that the seventh time this season we've taken the lead and lost the game. We deserve to go down for that alone. It's absolutely crushing. I'm lost for words.

Anonymous said...

I never wanted Parkinson appointed and I accept we are relegated but the elephant in the room is we are not getting better despite whatever gloss Murray and Co try to spin. I have no confidence in the coaches or the team any longer and I believe that we are going to get relegated next season under this incompetant regime.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone noticed that we have used 17 different players in midfield

AC said...

Until we sort out our defence and get some decent coaching in we'll continue our free fall. Just look at how many we've conceeded this season!

Anonymous said...

Scoring first and loosing has become a terrible habit, if you look at the table for half-time results, we are in the top half!! It's all too painful to watch.

Anonymous said...

Matt Holland has been, and still is a terrific servant to Charlton Athletic. But for any 'manager' to put him in central defence against Dele Adebola is madness.
Yes! i'm quite aware we have a shortage of central defenders. But that's been the situation since the season started. Why wasn't this addressed months ago, instead of waiting for one (Jon Fortune) to get injured.
It's not as though we have no experience of the loan system!!!!