Charlton beat bottom club Blackpool 3-0 tonight to secure another of their trademark wins by that scoreline under coach Guy 'loser' Luzon. Having got the result he wanted, he was then able to focus on the election results from Israel.
The pitch at Bloomfield Road had been flattened, but it was muddy and soon started to cut up as Charlton faced Blackpool. The ball was inclined to bobble all over the place. The atmosphere was eerie with the few thousand home fans quiet. About 3,700 people were actually there, 250 or so of them Addickted. Vetokele had been left at home.
Gudmundsson put in a curler to the near post, but Church’s header went over the bar. Watt got into the box, but his ball was not accurate.
Johnson had to use his pace to prevent Blackpool getting a corner. Blackpool’s centre halves were being physical with Tony Watt.
Church went down with an apparent ankle injury. He had been in a running battle with Peter Clarke. Church got up, but was limping.
Blackpool put in a shot that went over the bar. Blackpool then won a corner on 20 minutes. It was very scrappy.
A Blackpool free kick was flicked on by the vertically challenged player Telford but went over the bar. There was a moment of danger and Fox had to scramble.
A shot from Orlandi went wide and attracted tepid applause from the home fans. Charlton were having trouble keeping possession on the pitch. Eagles fired in a shot, but it was cleared after he took an extra touch.
The Addicks were getting out muscled in midfield in a poor quality game. A wag on Twitter said it was the Dog & Duck versus the Fox & Hounds on a Sunday league pitch. Charlton made a quick counter attack involving Gudmundsson, tearing through the Tangerines. The home side just managed to clear.
Tony Watt played Church through who was unselfish and ‘Red Robin’ Eagles had a tap in to make it 1-0 to Charlton.
The referee had a word with Gudmundsson and the much travelled Perkins.Diarra got a yellow card for a challenge, he was not a happy bunny. Perkins placed a ball straight into the hands of Henderson. The Addickted tried to make some noise in the sepulchral stadium.
Ferguson won a free kick although Cousins seemed to get something on the ball. The free kick was unproductive.
Solly had to challenge Perkins, but the Tangerines got a corner.
Barkhausen was allowed to get a shot in, but it went wide.
Gudmundsson put in a shot, but it was tame in the end and went wide.
Blackpool applied some pressure. Perkins shot straight at Henderson, getting a sarcastic standing ovation from the home support behind the goal.
Blackpool made a double substitution . There were cheers, but they may have been ironic.
Charlton needed a second goal to kill the game off. Out of nowhere, Gudmundsson had some space and Church had to control the ball and took his goal really well to make it 2-0 to Charlton after 61 minutes. Eagles went off for the follicular challenged Buyens.
Orlandi was in a good position but put the ball over the bar. There was a handball call for a penalty against Blackpool.
Charlton put in some good work, but Cousins put his volley over the bar.
Solly got away down the right and Blackpool conceded a corner. The move ended with a horrible ball from Morgan Fox.
Some of the home fans started to slip out to get an early tram. Blackpool got a free kick on the edge of the box as the spray came out for the first time. Henderson made a St. Patrick’s day leap to claim the ball.
Blackpool made their third substitution with Orlandi going off. Tony Watt, who had pulled up, came off and Christophe Lepoint came on.
Henderson had to tip a shot over the bar as it threatened to loop over him. The header by Medine went over the bar.
Clarke and Church squared up to each other. Church got booked. Barkhausen got a yellow card and Charlton won a free kick. Gudmundsson scored once again.
Bulot replaced Diarra who won applause for his battling performance from the Addickted.
Charlton won a late corner, Lepoint made a good run, but his header went wide.
Luzon wrote in last Saturday's programme, 'The reason I get paid by the club is to give [the players] advice and make changes when things are not going well or people are tired, but it is the squad who put ideas into action.'
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Charlton are now 11th in the table.