Saturday, 17 August 2013

Addicks climb out of relegation zone

Charlton climbed out of the relegation zone with a 2-2 draw at Barnsley this afternoon. Millwall went bottom with no points after losing at home to Huddersfield. Apparently their fans have left a banner on the gates of the Toolbox urging manager Steve Lomas to go away in no uncertain terms.

The Addicks were 2-0 down by 55 minutes, but goals from Cousins (who had replaced Stephens after the break) on 64 minutes and Church on 72 minutes gave them a share of the points. Cousins pounced on a half clear ball to score with a left foot shot that looped past Luke Steele to give Charlton hope. They were level soon after thanks to Simon Church who latched onto to a ball over the top from Yann Kermorgant to prod the ball past Steele.

Cort had also come on at half time in place of Dervitte, provoking the riddle, 'What is the difference between Charlton and Millwall? Answer: a Cort appearance is a good thing.

Barnsley were on top in the first half. The Tykes almost took the lead when a mistake by Michael Morrison freed Chris Dagnall but Ben Hamer made himself big to keep his effort out. After a good opening spell, Barnsley did take the lead after 16 minutes when Scott Golbourne fired a dangerous ball into the Charlton box, which was missed by Chris Dagnall but was bundled in by Chris O'Grady.

David Flitcroft's side continued to create chances and, but for the resistance of Hamer in the Addicks' goal, could easily have doubled their lead.

An Addick who was there commented, 'Well fought out result. Poor game of football but really entertaining. Wiggins and Kemorgant awful. Stephens so disinterested. Cousins made a huge difference. Superb finish from Church. And Hamer kept us in it. But a very well earned point in the end.'

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

taxi for Stephens....