Leon Cort replaced Dorian Dervitte while Kerkar came in for the suspended Dale Stephens as Charlton faced a massive game at Hillsborough this afternoon in Yeovil-style weather reports Paul Mayfrom among the 500 or so Addickted in the 20,000+ crowd. Ricardo Fuller was on the bench.
After a great attack down the right by Haynes, Llera almost put the ball in his own net. Johnson cynically brought down Wilson after being beaten again, but got away with just a talking to from the referee. In the play following the free kick, Kerkar put in a poor high ball to the fury of Wilson.
Morrison dealt with a Wednesday attack as they got forward for the first time. Hamer punched the ball away from the throw in and then Cort had to stretch and clear off the line for a corner. Wednesday had a chance from eight yards out but put the ball over.
Wednesday put in a deep cross to no one in particular and Kerkar cleared the ball. Frimpong gave the ball away in midfield, but fortunately the final ball was poor. Seaborne defended well as Wednesday threatened again.
Johnson brought Wilson down for the third time and finally the yellow card was shown. A head injury to Kermorgant led referee Gary Sutton to stop the game to the indignation of the home fans. A loose pass from Frimpong gave Wednesday another chance to attack but to no effect.
Hamer punched a throw in away well. Frimpong released Haynes, but Wednesday were able to defend. Solly showed great persistence but Haynes got into an offside position.
Morrison had to turn the ball behind for a corner as Wednesday applied some pressure. McCabe put the ball in the net with a volley which gave Hamer no chance making it 1-0 to the home side on 20 minutes. It was his first goal for the club since joining from Rangers. Wednesday put in a shot, but it went straight through to Hamer. Antonio put in an effort but it was wide.
Wednesday continued to apply pressure. Kerkar won a free kick on the left. Cort did not connect well with Jackson’s free kick.
Frimpong was warned by the referee after a tackle. The goal seemed to have taken the wind out of Charlton’s sails after a very good start.
Seaborne lost his man, Antonio fired his shot and it went inches wide. Seaborne gave the ball away again. Haynes advanced and Kermorgant was flattened by a shove in the back as he tried to get his shot away and felt he should have had a penalty. It looked like a penalty to me.
Wednesday created a shooting chance but Frimpong put their player off and it went straight through to Hamer.
Haynes put the ball in the net but the flag went up against him very late. Charlton had come back into the game in the last ten minutes of the half. Solly advanced well in the last minute with a great run. Chris Powell complained to the referee about his failure to award a penalty and also the failure to send off Johnson. The referee sent him off and he reappeared in the front row of the directors’ box in the second half.
Half time: 1-0
Charlton got a free kick for a handball by Prutton, but Kirkland did well. Kermorgant was flattened by Johnson who continued to deal with his frustrations after not playing for three months.
Johnson went down, but Charlton continued their attack. Wilson was given a yellow card, it was not clear why. A free kick from Llera led to Gardner’s header dropping just outside the post. Hamer was not happy with his defence. Morrison made an error and Cort had to come to his rescue. Hamer saved comfortably from a shot by O’Grady.
Haynes totally missed his kick from four yards out in front of an open goal when he could have made it 1-1. Kerkar was taken off and replaced by Fuller. Kermorgant dropped deeper.
Prutton, who took a blow to the head, was withdrawn and replaced by Chris Lines. The game went into a bit of a lull, but then Charlton won a corner through Fuller. Charlton kept up the pressure from the corner, but eventually Kirkland was able to gather.
Solly gave possession away dangerously, but Charlton were able to recover. Frimpong did well to deny Antonio. A spell of pressure from the Addicks led to a corner. A volley from Kermorgant went out for a goal kick.
Hulse and Green came on and Haynes and Frimpong came off. Good work by Green won a corner. There was a chance, but Morrison’s touch went wide.
Solly burst into the area, but eventually Green over hit the ball. A shot by Fuller on target was blocked by Llera. Wednesday counter attacked, but Hamer claimed well. A delivery from Hulse went straight to Kirkland.
Green was cynically fouled by Helan. Jackson curled it round the wall from 30 yards out but it was just beyond the post . Llera was all over Hulse, but no free kick was awarded.
Hamer had to put the ball behind for a corner. McCabe put the ball just over the crossbar. Four minutes were added on. Solly made a good run, Fuller was taken out. Hulse couldn’t get a connection from the free kick. Helan took on the whole defence by himself and the Manchester City loan player made it 2-0.
Charlton suffered another defeat ‘oop North. The last time they won in the pre-Christmas match was in 2004.