Saturday, 25 April 2015

Last away game ends in defeat

It was a disappointing afternoon for the 1,069 Addicks who made the journey to St. Andrews this afternoon for the last away game of the season as Charlton went down 1-0 to Birmingham City.

The first corner of the game went to Charlton after two minutes. Somewhat oddly, the ball was played back to the halfway line and the move petered out with a Birmingham free kick.

Tesche put in a shot from 30 yards out, Henderson did well to tip it on to the crossbar and Roger Johnson cleared at the expense of a corner.

Johnson blocked well to deal with a shot from Gray. Fabbrini had a good opportunity but put the ball just wide.

Charlton made a good move down the left involving Morgan Fox who put a good cross in but it was well cut out by Morrison.

Birmingham won a corner after a quickly taken free kick. The short corner routine did not go to plan for the Blues.

Watt cut on to his left foot twenty yards out, it looked as if it was going into the top corner, but Randolph saved well, tipping the ball over the bar. The corner was ultimately unproductive.

Fox defended well at the expense of a corner as Gray threatened. Their short corner routine was followed by another. Henderson claimed the ball.

Grounds put in a good shot but Henderson saved well, tipping the ball round the post. Charlton tried to build an attack after the corner.

Birmingham won another corner as the half came to a close, but Gray sliced the ball out for a Charlton goal kick. No time was added on.

HT 0-0

A Solly cross was headed behind for an early Charlton corner. Roger Johnson had to concede a corner at the other end, being greeted with boos by the home fans. The Blues got a second corner. After further play, Roger Johnson was able to head clear. However, Birmingham soon won another corner, followed by yet another. Watt was able to come away with the ball, but Birmingham attacked again. Cotterill took a shot which was the wrong option.

Tal Ben Haim had to deal with a dangerous cross. Solly had to deal with further pressure by putting the ball out for a corner.

After Johnson gave the ball away with a sloppy pass, Cotterill clipped the outside of the post.

Charlton had a good break, but Randolph put the ball behind from Vetokele’s shot.

Bulot went off and Eagles came on. Charlton had a period of pressure with a possible chance for Solly, but it all came to nothing.

Randolph saved well off Watt after a Charlton break which was three on two. Roger Johnson then had to head behind for the 12th Birmingham corner of the game. Solly did well to block the ball. Cotterill was taken off and Dyer came on.

The Blues got another corner. Johnson headed clear.

Dyer sliced a shot wide under pressure from Chris Solly. Jordan Cousins got the first yellow card of the game for a foul on the masked Fabbrini.

Church replaced Vetokele with just under 13 minutes to go. Grounds got a yellow card for taking out Church as he made a break down the right. Fabbrini was taken off to a standing ovation. The substitute Thomas put the ball from the Tal Ben Haim free kick behind for a corner.

Dyer had a lot of space on the left and scored with Henderson left with no chance as the ball went low and hard into the corner.

Charlton won a corner. Watt’s effort went wide. Charlton saved well from Caddis.

Cousins, who went down with cramp, was replaced by Diarra. A free kick was awarded against Tal Ben Haim.

Four minutes were added on. Birmingham won a late corner.

Charlton had petered out in the second half.

1 comment:

jonathan acworth said...

Igor has been poor since returning from injury I would seriously think about offloading him over the summer if an offer comes in for him we need someone up front whos used to the championship how about Jermaine pennant?