Saturday 7 November 2015

Jason Euell's Red Army

That was the chant of the Covered End as Charlton beat Sheffield Wednesday 3-1 at The Valley today. It ended the goal drought, but the Addicks remain in the relegation zone. Euell seemed to be playing a big part in managing the match.

Euell said on Facebook, 'The boys put in a great shift and the atmosphere was quality.'

Charlton started brightly, but we initially feared that it was a repeat of the match against Brentford, but they maintained a high standard of play throughout. Wednesday did not press us as much as Brentford and perhaps they thought they just had to turn up to collect the three points.

When captain Jackson was inexplicably left unmarked as Johann Berg Gudmundsson took a corner, he timed his run from the edge of the box perfectly to thump home the opener.

The Addicks continued to attack and on the stroke of half-time Makienok finished off a brilliant passage of play that saw El-Hadji Ba and Ghoochannejhad combine well on the left before the striker played the ball to Gudmundsson, who duly set up the Dane to score.

Midfielder Gudmundsson was once again instrumental in Charlton's third goal, cutting the visiting defence apart with a chip to Fox, who then set up Ghoochannejhad for a simple tap-in.

Player ratings

Henderson wasn't at fault for the goal, but otherwise wasn't tested much by the Owls. Bauer was competent and reliable as usual. Sarr put in a decent shift, although arguably was at fault for the goal. I was concerned when Solly went off injured, but Holmes-Dennis was a more than adequate replacement and got involved to good effect right away. Fox provided the assist for the goal and did show some quality at times, but I still think he is one of the weakest links in the team. He does look shell shocked at times.

Diarra was magnificent and had a claim to be man of the match. Jackson paired well with him and took his goal well. Ba was a transformed player, he had his best match for us so far and got strong applause when he was substituted. After an injury scare, Gudmundsson was back to his best.

Makienok was fully involved throughout, although he did miss one good chance for a centre forward's goal in the second half. Reza was here, there and everywhere, chasing the ball and got a standing ovation when he was taken off.

It was my first look at Lookman and he is clearly a promising young talent. Moussa didn't make a big impact.

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