Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Charlton through to fourth round

It was a wet and windy night in Oxford as Charlton Athletic faced Oxford United in the FA Cup replay in front of a crowd of 3,225, but the pitch looked in good condition. Charlton won the first corner of the evening after three minutes, but it was unproductive.

Harriott put in a good cross, but Kermorgant was a little late in arriving. Wilson had to block an Oxford attack at the expense of a corner. Jackson headed the ball away, but then had to concede a second corner, followed by a third which was gathered by Alnwick who bowled the ball out well. Harriott put in a good cross from a free kick, but Church was unable to take advantage.

Oxford tried to apply some pressure around the half hour mark, but Morrison defended well. Then on 36 minutes Kermorgant scored with a great finish for Charlton from 20 yards after the Oxford back line had been cut apart with Church playing a key role. Then four minutes later Church burst away into the penalty area and turned provider for Green who scored to make it 2-0 to the Addicks.

HT 0-2

Early appeals for an Oxford penalty were waved away by the referee. The home side had most of the ball in the opening exchanges. Stephens gave away possession cheaply, but Oxford were not able to take advantage.

An effort by Harriott from 35 yards out led to a Charlton corner. The move led to an offside decision against the Addicks. From a free kick Kermorgant put in a curling effort that went over the wall to make it 3-0 to the Addicks.

Evina went down heavily and was holding his left ankle. Mullins brought down Kermorgant and got a yellow card. The free kick from Green was gathered by the keeper. Harriott was taken off and replaced by Pritchard.

With fifteen minutes to go Kermorgant was withdrawn and Sordell came on. Constable made an effort on target, the first from Oxford. It was comfortably saved by Alnwick. Oxford made a double substitution.

Dale Stephens was taken off and replaced by Diego Poyet making his debut. Green made an attempt on goal which was not far wide, although he could have passed to Wilson.

Diego Poyet talks about his debut here with comments by Chris Powell: Poyet

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