Saturday 26 December 2015

Charlton fight back for point

Charlton were wearing their purple third kit as they faced Bristol City at Ashton Gate today in front of 529 dedicated Addicks in a crowd of 15,285. Vaz Te turned provider for Reza, but it was a comfortable save for Fielding.

Long balls from the back were causing Charlton some problems. Makienok headed a corner from the home side clear. City won a soft free kick, but Henderson gathered comfortably.

Henderson had to tip the ball over the bar from Pack. Baker took Henderson out from the corner. A good cross from Reza was missed by Makienok and the oncoming Lookman. Bristol City threatened from the counter, but Bryan blasted over with Henderson stranded. Diarra went down and received treatment.

Henderson spilled a City free kick, but it was offside anyway. Diarra went down again, seemed to be a problem just above the right knee. A cross from Solly was blocked giving Charlton their first corner of the afternoon. Fox took it, but it was cleared away.

Henderson had to make a great save, although Wilbraham was in fact offside. Diarra had to limp off and Sarr came on 32 minutes, not encouraging.

With encouragement from the local lino, the referee gave a 50-50 decision against Cousins. Kodija raced through, but Sarr did just enough to force the ball wide.

A good tackle from Solly to block a cross led to a corner which was unproductive.

Wilbraham was unmarked, but the former Glazier put the ball over the bar from 10 yards out.

Six minutes were added on. Flint headed away from a corner just before it reached Sarr. City won a corner after a miskick by Lennon. Henderson missed the ball and Baker made it 1-0 with a header from a yard out at the back post. Once again Charlton were vulnerable at a set piece.

It had been a scrappy half. Charlton had not been creative in the final third.

HT: Robins 1, Addicks 0

Holmes-Dennis came on to replace Cousins who had taken a knock. Charlton did not cope well in the early exchanges. City won a corner on 51 minutes, but Makienok won the header. Lookman was booked for a trip on a City player.

Jackson produced a goal-saving block and Kodija headed over. Vaz Te came off and Ba came on. Kodija raced through, but fired wide.

City won another corner. Eventually Fox was able to clear. Charlton were hanging on as City advanced again. Charlton were not creating anything. Makienok shot straight at Fielding after Reza played him in. Sarr gave the ball away, but Freeman shot wide.

City were awarded a penalty after Lennon pulled the shirt of Jodija. Pack hit the crossbar.

Holmes-Dennis tackled well. Bennett fired over. The Charlton diamond formation in midfield did not seem to be working.

A snap shot from Lennon drew a good save from Fielding. Wilbraham was booked for kicking the ball away. Charlton started to pass the ball around and City sat deeper. The home fans were quieter.

City won a corner on 80 minutes. Makienok blocked well. Solly blocked well as danger threatened. A free kick by Holmes-Dennis went over everyone for a goal kick.

A great block from Lennon stopped Freeman scoring. Fox shot well wide. Ba tried to advance but was hauled down. Makienok’s flick on was met by Reza whose volley was blocked. Lookman’s corner was headed clear. Four minutes were added on. Bristol broke away, but Fox put in a great tackle.

Lennon scored the equaliser after the ball bounced in the box. Charlton had fought back in the second half. Ba made a difference when he came on.

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