Charlton beat Leicester City 2-1 at The Valley last night to continue their promising start to the season through first half goals from Bradley Wright-Phillips and Yann Kermorgant. Over the 96 minutes possession was 50-50 and the Addicks were under the cosh to some extent in the second half when the Foxes threatened down the flanks. King pulled one back for Leicester, but Charlton held on to take the three points.
The Addicks had taken the lead somewhat against the run of play on 18 minutes when Bradley Pritchard turned provider for Wright-Phillips who turned on the edge of the penalty area to fire a superb low shot past keeper Schmeichel. He then had to make good saves from Cort and Wright-Phillips.
Yann Kermorgant had been booed by the Foxes when his name was read out but made good use of the ball from a Hollands corner to lash it past Schmeichel, putting his finger to lips in celebration.
At half time new signing Ricardo Fuller was paraded before the Valley faithful.
In the second half Ben Hamer was called into action, saving well from Dyer twice and Knockaert before keeping out a stoppage time header from Vardy and preventing a repeat of the Birmingham disappointment.
Work commitments kept me away from The Valley, although I was part of the recorded attendance of 16,658, meaning that over 5,000 walk up tickets were sold. The featured game on Radio 5 was inevitably at Hillsborough. I didn't listen but at the end the commentators kept up with the media obsession with Wednesday, salivating about the strength of the side, the magnificence of the ground and the enormity of the support. Then on BBC TV a short summary of the Championship results picked out 'promoted Sheffield Wednesday' for their 3-2 win over the Blues.
Charlton are third in the table and Palace with null points are bottom.