Charlton won 6-0 at Barnsley today to go 9th in the table and top of the form table. They are just six points off the play off places, but have a tough game away at Cardiff on Tuesday with the Bluebirds/Red Dragons needing just one point to secure promotion. A US soccer fan tweeted, 'Carlton [sic] Athletic got 6 to zero EPL minor legaue win on the road today. Winningest franchise club of the day.'
Goals from Bradley Pritchard and Johnnie Jackson gave The Addicks a 2-0 half-time lead. Charlton got off to the perfect start by taking the lead inside four minutes, when Bradley Pritchard slotted home the rebound following Yann Kermorgant's spilt effort. The Addicks doubled their lead 16 minutes later. Pritchard was again involved before laying it off to Jackson, who dummied his marker before burying the ball into the back of the net. Jackson nearly made it three shortly after with a dipping effort, but Luke Steele just managed to tip the shot-come-cross over the bar.
Early in the second half a brilliant Wiggins cross evaded everyone but Kermorgant at the back post who headed home unchallenged. It was 4-0 on 59 minutes and again it was down to a Steele error. Callum Harriott's 20-yard effort had power but it should have been a comfortable save for the goalkeeper. However he let the ball go in under his body, putting the Addicks very much in charge.
It got worse for Barnsley as they soon found themselves down to 10 men after Stephen Dawson went in strongly on Kermorgant and although he seemingly won the ball, referee Geoff Eltringham took little time to brandish a red card. Barnsley were down to nine men for the last twenty minutes, after Fuller was fouled as he bore down on goal. Substitute Kerkar scored the fifth, while the final goal came from Ricardo Fuller from the edge of the penalty area into the bottom corner of the net in time added on.
This is the first time Charlton have had six players on the scoresheet, the first six since 1976 and the largest win above the third tier since 1953.
Rick Everitt gives his thoughts on the win here, noting that he is particularly pleased for Chris Powell, given that he believes that the undercurrent of rumours about him have some substance: Everitt.
For a Barnsley view of events which thinks the first dismissal was harsh: Barnsley