In a dismal first half at The Valley last night Charlton conceded two soft goals to go 0-2 down to Norwich at the break. The first of them happened after a rare error by Chris Solly, although even then their player had the time to line up his shot and shoot. The second game with Dimotrivic exposed by his defence and the ball was looped over him.
The players were booed during the game and also at the half whistle and coach Guy Luzon got an ironic chant of 'you're getting sacked in the morning' from the Covered End.
The reintroduced Bulot had made little contribution in the first half and Luzon substituted him after the break with Tony Watt. As one Norwich fan told a friend over the phone in the train afterwards, 'Suddenly they started to play football.' Watt showed that he had an eye for goal when he scored his first for the Addicks on 61 minutes, confidently dealing with a one-on-one situation with the keeper.
Then Vetokele lifted the hopes of the home supporters on 68 minutes when he scored after the keeper had parried an effort from Harriott who had been brought on as a substitute. However, as Charlton pressed for a win, they became exposed at the back and Jerome scored the winner with a header for Norwich.
Throughout the Canaries looked faster on the ball and also better at moving into space to anticipate it. Their passing was more accurate. Once again, when Charlton did get possession, they surrendered it all too easily. Possession was 60-40 in Norwich's favour.
Particularly in the first half, the midfield seemed to be awol at times and although Vetokele's work rate was impressive, he lacked service. Bikey had a bit of a 'mare in defence and Wiggins has never been the same player since he came back from injury. Ben Haim is a cultured player in my view who can play the ball well out of defence.
The Addicks are now in 20th place, and with Millwall winning away, are only three points above the drop zone.