Monday, 15 February 2010

Charlton hit by injuries in 2-1 defeat

Reid was dropped to the bench and Racon and Semedo started while Burton partnered Akpo Sodje up front reports Paul May from the Memorial Ground in a stand that would normally be used at a gymkhana. Basey was struggling after a nasty challenge after fifteen seconds which caught him on the left leg and the culprit Dominic Blizzard received a yellow card. A stretcher was called for and he was taken off. Chris Solly came on to replace him.

Racon was hauled over leading to a free kick just outside the D. Bailey's effort went straight into the wall and Rovers were awarded a free kick for handball by the Charlton captain.

Rovers won the first corner of the evening. Campbell's effort curled out of play. An attack by Rovers put Charlton on the back foot and led to another corner. It was driven home at the far post by Rovers central defender Elliott. It was not well defended by Charlton.

Kuffour received a calf injury after a challenge by Racon and was replaced by Andy Williams. Andersen fumbled after a good shot on target by Bailey but was able to gather. Williams advanced as the Addicks defence tried to play offside and Elliot stood up well and blocked the attempt with his chest. Lines put in a shot but was tipped over by Elliot in a brilliant save. Campbell's corner created danger and then Rovers won a free kick 25 yards out. The effort by Lines went over the wall but was well gathered by Elliot from under the crossbar to prevent it going into the top corner.

Rovers won a corner kick off Dailly. Stuart Campbell was shown a yellow card after a foul on Sam. Referee Kettle had played advantage and after Akpo Sodje's effort was deflected, Charlton won their first corner. It was a free header and Akpo Sodje put it wide. The striker put his head in his hands.

Lines went to ground in the area, but the referee waved away the appeals to the indignation of the Rovers fans and their manager. Sam cut inside and put in a great cross but Bailey was unable to connect. Sam put in a decent cross, Bailey tried to advance and Akpo Sodje went down.

Sam Sodje had to clear off the line as Elliot could not deny Heffernan. It was good work by the centre back.

Charlton won a free kick for a handball by Lines in a good position, but it was unproductive. Five minutes of time were added on. An effort from Bailey when the keeper was out of position was just a yard wide. Bailey had been good, but Burton had been relatively anonymous. Bailey made a surging run but dived in the penalty area and received a yellow card.

Half time: Gasheads 1, Addicks 0

Mooney replaced Akpo Sodje. Charlton started quite brightly. A free kick and yellow card was awarded against Semedo. An effort from Blizzard was just wide after the free kick from Lines. Sam won a corner kick off loan player Daniel Jones. Richardson's effort was cleared. Elliot saved comfortably from Campbell.

A second handball from Mooney led to a word from the referee. Sam cut the ball back to Bailey but under pressure he put it over the bar. Semedo came off and was replaced by Reid as 60 minutes was reached.

The ball bounced off Sam Sodje's head and Heffernan on loan from Doncaster raced forward and drove the ball hard and low to make it 2-0, although there was a suspicion of offside. Rovers took off Blizzard and brought on Reece.

Reid showed some skill, but it came to nothing. Racon received a harsh yellow card for preventing a quick free kick. Good work by Reid led to a Charlton corner. Burton tried to connect without success.

Dailly conceded a corner under pressure. A shot by Racon was saved. Lines went down and a stretcher was called for. Lennie Lawrence gave some instructions to Campbell. Lescott came on.

Mooney came off worse with a head injury after a poor challenge by Anthony but the referee took no action. Mooney was taken down the tunnel, reducing Charlton to 10 men.

Sam won Charlton a corner, but it was cleared. Six minutes were added on. A cross by Reid was sliced and went out for a goal kick. An effort by Sam went over the bar. A shot by Racon was straight at Andersen in the Rovers goal. Burton clattered into Andersen who stayed down. The Charlton striker received a yellow card.

A drive by Racon led to a last minute consolation for Charlton, but the 100 minute plus game finally came to an end.

Charlton lacked creativity in the final third, but Solly deserves credit for his performance after coming on as a substitute.


Hungry Ted said...

We are palying rubbish: totally different to the start of the season. Hugely disappointing!

Anonymous said...

I think the horror tackle should have been a Red card. But the rest was woeful. Charlton still have this disease of their inability to deal with set pieces delivered into their box. Unfortunately these days I am watch on the box anytime at all supporter and the last two efforts if you can call them that was shocking. there does not seem to be any honest aggression. John Walker

Charlton Scrapbook said...

That performance was totally inept and it's hard to see promotion happening at all now. This happens in the same week that I receive my season ticket renewal form and we're also told that our best players will be moved on at the end of the seaaon if we (now inevitably) don't go up. It could only happen at Charlton!

David Richards said...

The performance was well below what we should expect from our team against an average Bristol R team. There was no accurate passing and the trick was to pump the long ball forward to Burton to try and do something withit. Sam had another no show and we are looking like we are unable to score from set pieces or from open paly. Auto promotion looks to be beyond us and we can only hope for a play-off place, on lasts nights dismal display, then I don't feel confident that we can do that. Remember, it is usually the form team that wins the play-off, we are not a form team at the moment. Parky, get it sorted and quickly.

Anonymous said...

I don't think Parky can sort it out. Burton was dropped for the Swindon game but re-instated here. What a useless performance from him.
Solly looked like our only bright spark.
Sam was out the game far too much, yet when he gets past opponents and deliveres a good ball, everyone is AWOL.
As for Same Sodje, seems a liability. Hopefully we will be the FORM team come the end of April, but as for now..............

Sciurus Carolinensis Nemesis said...

The performance last night wasn't good and Parky's selection of Sam defies comprehension but I don't think the impact on the players can be ignored of Blizzard's horror tackle and referee (!) Kettle choosing not to apply the rules of the game. Kettle is the kind of official Warnock was talking about this week. Kettle saw enough of the tackle to give a yellow card, which was patently the wrong decision. If he didn't see the tackle then why card Blizzard at all? Kettle saw what took place and chose not to give the correct decision. He also ignored the leading arm in the challenge on Mooney that saw him concussed, admittedly the collision of heads was accidental but the challenge was clearly a foul and dangerous. Kettle missed Sam Sodje's blatant goal saving bodycheck and at the end of the game booked Deon Burton for being pushed over and falling into Rovers' goalie. Kettle made decisions he was not entitled to make and seemed to miss several important matters. Charlton didn't play well it's true but their chance to influence the outcome of the match was compromised by matters out of their control. I don't think Kettle's malign influence on the outcome can be understated.