Saturday, 4 September 2010

Charlton cheated of point by penalty

Paul Benson started for Charlton alongside Abbott against Exeter City while Elliot was back between the posts. Fry also started. With Christian Dailly injured, Llera took his place writes Erith's Paul May. Portugeezer Semedo was captain.

Fry didn't look too settled at left back in the opening minutes. Neither team imposed themselves in the opening minutes. Exeter broke but McCormack put in a good challenge. Benson turned provider for Martin but Paul Jones saved well for the Grecians. Fry put in a good cross, but it was blocked.

A free kick from Doherty was poor. Exeter threatened, Elliot made a good save, the ball went into the path of O'Flynn but he fell over. A shot came in from the Grecians from 25 yards but was just wide. Elliot may have not reached it if it had been on target. Harley shot from distance but straight at Elliot.

Abbott picked up a knock from a challenge. Martin was not able to control a cross from Reid after some good link up play. A shot from Reid was cleared. Harley went for goal again from distance but his effort went wide.

Exeter won a corner off Doherty but it was unproductive. Another a few minutes later was cleared by Francis. Reid's shot was palmed away and his second effort went way over.

McCormack got a yellow card for kicking the ball away at a free kick. Fry did well to deal with a threatening attack after some poor play by McCormack. Elliot had to save from an on target half volley from Harley in the last five minutes. Llera cleared from the corner, not decisively, but the Exeter follow up was poor.

Reid put in a good cross and Jones had to palm the dipping ball away for a corner. Jones punched Reid's corner clear. Charlton kept up the pressure as normal time ebbed away. One minute of time was added on. Fry cleared well.

Kyel Reid was playing inside too much. Martin was putting in a lot of effort but was not having much impact. The Exeter 3-5-2 formation was tricky for the Addicks and sometimes they were playing too deep.

Half time: Grecians 0, Addicks 0

[We lost connection with Paul May in Washington DC]. Exeter made a double substitution which included Curieton and he was getting through the central defenders. Neither side was able to impose themselves on the game. A curling shot by Reid was Charlton's best effort in the half, but he had to be substituted by Wagstaff after he had a hamstring problem. Wagstaff was in his anonymous mode.

Sodje received a head injury, he was patched up with a big bandage, but needed a stretcher after the game. Six minutes of time were added on and Exeter were awarded a very dubious penalty after a challenge on Curieton. Harley then scored from the spot to give them a 1-0 win.

The result left Charlton 11th in League 1, so perhaps it's going to be a season of mid-table mediocrity, but this time not in the Premiership.

1 comment:

Kentish Man said...

Looked like a stone wall penalty to me. Clumsy challenge and the ref perfectly placed to award it. Silly boy, Miguel.