Saturday, 6 February 2010

Charlton win a share of the points

The match had a relatively uneventful start, although Swindon won an early corner writes Paul May. Neither goalkeeper had any work to do in the first ten minutes. Then Swindon attacked with Douglas having the first real chance of the game after a lapse in concentration by Charlton. Elliot did well to get down and stretch out an arm to put the ball round the post. From the corner the ball was headed on to the crossbar by Greer.

Swindon threatened again with the ball bobbling around dangerously until it was put out. Charlton were sitting deep and hoping for a counter attack. Further attacks were blocked by Dailly and Sam Sodje. Charlton were giving the ball away cheaply and Swindon were very much on top. Wagstaff conceded a free kick.

Dailly was obliged to concede a corner as Swindon advanced again. Shelvey played a poor ball. Basey conceded another corner. A free kick gave Lucas in the Swindon goal something to do. Dailly provided a good defensive header under pressure.

Austin went close after some sloppy defending by the Addicks. Racon conceded a corner, but Elliot gathered well. The midfield was not playing well.

Shelvey and Reid linked up well on the left and Shelvey put in a great ball only to be denied by the woodwork. A left footed effort from Reid was on target. Charlton were back in the game. An effort by Wagstaff was tame.

Swindon made a good effort from distance. Three minutes of time were added on. Charlton won a corner in the last minute as Akpo Sodje threatened. Swindon broke, but the whistle blew as Richardson blocked. Charlton had withstood the early pressure and had started to play some decent football.

Half time: Robins 0, Addicks 0

Wagstaff was taken off and Semedo was brought on. Bailey went on the left and Reid switched to the right. Racon had to come off to receive treatment to a head wound, as did Swindon captain Greer after a clash of heads. Greer was bandaged up and returned.

Racon was unable to return and Solly came on to play as left back. Basey was brought down by Amankwaah and the referee stopped play to the annoyance of the home fans who accused the official of being an onanist. Greer fouled Akpo Sodje. Richardson conceded a corner as Swindon advanced down the left wing. The corner was taken short, Elliot threw the ball out and the advancing Shelvey was fouled.

Austin failed to connect when Ward turned provider. Ward advanced again and Bailey had to intercept at the expense of a corner. Bailey got a head to the ball. Solly conceded a corner. The ball came in and the right back Amankwaah put the home side ahead. There was no one guarding the far post.

Basey came off and was replaced by Burton. Dailly made a great run and Bailey made a good effort on goal but it was saved. Elliot came out to stop Austin's run and seemed to be in some pain. It appeared to be his arm that was hurt.

Sam Sodje fouled Austin. The free kick was ineffective. Burton flicked the ball on to Bailey who went down inside the penalty area, but no card was shown for diving.

Reid put in an effort but it was well wide. Austin was withdrawn. Swindon were happy to sit on their lead. Swindon made a rare defensive mistake, but managed to turn the ball out after the hard working Sodje got a touch.

Shelvey gave away possession and Swindon were able to attack. Five minutes were added on. Richardson made a great break and put in a good pass to Akpo Sodje. A Charlton free kick came in from Shelvey, but Bailey's header went over.

Bailey made it all square from inside the area after a great move by the Addicks. Burton picked up a late yellow card.

It was the third 1-1 in a row for the Addicks as we predicted.

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