Saturday 29 March 2014

Addicks just out of relegation zone

Charlton lost 3-0 to Derby today, but stay out of the relegation zone on goal difference above Barnsley who won 4-1 at Yeovil. Millwall drew at home. The Addicks forced Derby keeper Lee Grant into several excellent stops, but were unable to find the back of the net.

Patrick Bamford set up Johnny Russell to score the Rams' first goal and then pounced on a poor back-header by Johnny Jackson to squeeze home their second. Charlton created the first clear chance when Reza Ghoochannejhad (subbed at half time) let fly from the edge of the area, but Grant pushed it behind to make his first significant stop of the day.

Derby scored with their first meaningful attack, which saw Jeff Hendrick play the ball in from the right before Bamford found Russell to turn and fire home a low shot. Bamford made it 2-0 before half-time after Jackson's error and only an excellent Hamer save stopped Andre Wisdom adding a third. Grant made further stops to deny Callum Harriott and Joe Piggott after the break but Derby's top scorer Martin made sure of victory.

A friend who is a Derby fan who was at the game said, 'Not bad going forward, but the defending for all three goals was horrible.' Usually it's the other way round.

1 comment:

Geoff said...

Wyn, the defence unconsciously uncoupled from one another for the first two goals at least, which were right in front of the appalled away contingent. For the first, every defender plus Poyet missed a tackle/was out of position/stood and watched, as Russell, initially uncertain what to do,decided on a 180deg pirouette. No wonder Hamer was incandescent and almost burst into flame after Jacko nodded the ball down for Bamford for their second.

Whatever JR said,or put in the tea at half-time worked, at least in the sense that we played like a team in all depts until the 85th
and sloppy defending of a corner.
Harriott and Pigott proved much more effective than their predecessors and Petrucci's ten minutes showed that he can trap a ball and pass to a team-mate. That's an improvement on some in this wretched season!