Saturday, 28 September 2013

Only good thing was the weather

It was far from grim ‘oop North but a warm, sunny early Autumn day with the temperature just short of 20 degrees as the teams came out on the pitch at Turf Moor, writes Helen Hodgson. Charlton skipper Johnnie Jackson was out, having been injured in training. With Charlton playing a 4-5-1, Wood dropped to the bench.

Neither side was dominant in early play which was interrupted by quite a few free kicks but no goalmouth action. Wiggins and Stewart linked up well, but there was no final product. The home crowd was subdued.

Pritchard made a good challenge on Vokes near the corner flag. Charlton won a free kick 35 yards out, but the move was unproductive. The general atmosphere was of a bore draw, but at least Charlton were looking solid and giving Burnley no real chances.

After Pritchard was caught late, Charlton were awarded a free kick in a promising position. Wiggins put the free kick in very close to the keeper and Church almost got a touch on it. Dervitte reacted well as Charlton looked momentarily exposed.

Following a free kick, the Clarets launched an attack just after the half hour mark, but the header from Vokes went well wide.

Then suddenly Trippier, who had been allowed plenty of space, put in a quality cross and Ings was able to score his 10th goal of the season to make it 1-0 on 38 minutes. It was a little bit too easy for the home side. Once again no clean sheet.

One of the linos picked up a foot injury, allowing Chris Powell to have a chat with the Charlton players. Stephens turned supplier for Church, the keeper put the ball round the post, but a goal kick was awarded.

Morrison and Wiggins had to deal with a threat by the corner flag at the expense of a throw in. Trippier tried a shot from 40 yards out from a free kick, but it went wide.

HT : Clarets 1, Addicks 0

Pritchard was taken off and Harriott brought on in the hope of supplying the missing quality from wide areas. Wilson put the ball back to Hamer who picked it up leading to calls for an indirect free kick. The referee lost patience with Wilson’s challenges and booked him.

Wilson intercepted well but conceded the first corner of the game to Burnley. Although it momentarily enlivened the home support, it was unproductive. The play was scrappy with the Addicks posing no real threat, but nor were Burnley. The Clarets won a corner, but it was totally wasted.

Church was looking very isolated up front. Burnley took off Kightly and brought on Junior Stanislas to run at the yellow carded Wilson.

Charlton were caught out in defence. Once again it was too easy for Vokes to make it 2-0 for the home side. Gower was taken off and replaced by Sordell.

Church, who had suffered from a lack of service, put in a diving header but it went wide. Harriott put in a fierce low cross from the left, the first real quality ball from the Addicks, but Church was unable to connect. He complained to the lino that he was held back.

Marney got a yellow card. Wiggins stayed down and received treatment. From the free kick, Church’s header went straight at the keeper.

Wilson annoyed the home fans by going down a little too easily. Charlton got their first corner of the game. It was a decent corner from Stephens and the Addicks kept up the pressure until Church fell over a Clarets player who was already down.

Burnley near scored a third, but the crossbar came to Charlton’s rescue. Harriott put in a decent cross, but Sordell’s volley was well wide. Stewart made way for the returning Kermorgant.

Burnley won a corner and Vokes smashed the ball in to score his second to make it 3-0. Dervitte was beaten to the ball.

Charlton looked short of ideas and there was no sustained pressure at any time during the match.

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