Saturday, 17 November 2012

Charlton win away

Charlton defeated Burnley 1-0 at Turf Moor in their third consecutive victory. They are now 14th in the table but on the same number of points as Millwall in 11th place (that was before Millwall's winning goal against Leeds United in the last minute of injury time). They are five points away from the last play off place.

The home side started off brightly and Chris McCann tried to break the deadlock in the eighth minute by shooting from just outside the area, but his effort missed the target.

Then Kieran Trippier was sent off on 15 minutes for a handball offence in the penalty area, but Lee Grant in the Burnley goal managed to save a relatively weak penalty shot from Johnnie Jackson.

While the home side were able to weather the storm of being down to 10 men in the first half, the second half was a different story as Charlton began to get on top and launch a number of attacking efforts. Their pressure paid off when Danny Haynes found the back of the net from a headed effort inside the penalty area courtesy of a cross from Robert Hulse. Mirror football tweeted that it was a goal straight out of the strikers' manual.

The home side piled on the pressure in the closing minutes. With six minutes to go, an Austin header was blocked and the follow up saved by Hamer. Chris Powell brought on Dervitte and Taylor to shore up the defence. Dale Stephens was unable to play because of illness.

The Football League Paper reports that Chris Powell 'was involved in an angry confrontation with home fans after the final whistle'. Powell later said, 'Tensions and emotions run high and I understand that. But, of course, if they feel my language was wrong, then I feel it was two-fold.' Certainly the home fans were very aggrieved after the sending off decision which was on the harsh side.'

Eggert Jonsson was given his first start for the Addicks, but was substituted after 53 minutes by Fuller as Chris Powell went for a more attacking formation to secure the win. However, he is given a rating of only 5 by the FLP which was the lowest rating for a Charlton player.

Four players received 7 scores: Michael Morrison; Johnnie Jackson; Salam Kerkar; and Danny Haynes.

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