Charlton were left to concentrate on the league after a woeful performance at Colchester saw them exit the FA Cup.
Neither side was dominant in the early exchanges as Charlton played Colchester United in the FA Cup at the Weston Homes Community Stadium. The wind was blowing across the fields. Fox put in a good sliding challenge as it looked as if Massey was going to put the ball into the box. It was mainly possession football in the first ten minutes.
Makienok saw a half chance but got it all wrong and the ball went over. After quarter an hour one could see why the two teams were second from bottom in their respective divisions.
Poyet took a shot which was a yard or so wide of the Colchester goal. Sordell put in a shot which went past the post.
Colchester got the first corner of the afternoon after 20 minutes. Pope punched the ball clear.
A shot from Massey came off Johnson for a corner. Pope grabbed the ball.
Charlton struggled to clear their lines and Pope had to save well at the expense of a corner which ended in a goal kick.
Charlton were not showing a lot of creativity. On 28 minutes Moncur, the U’s leading scorer, put Colchester ahead, after a move that started from a throw in, with Pope having no chance to stop it. There was a chorus of ‘If you want them out, stand up’ from the Addickted.
Charlton won their first corner, but it was unproductive. Ceballos put in a shot, but it took a deflection and cannoned off the post with the keeper stranded.
Cousins was limping badly after a tussle with Sordell and then went down on his haunches. Eventually the ball went out of play and he received attention. Cousins took his captain’s armband off. Fox became captain and Vetokele came on.
Sordell made a run, there was poor communication between Johnson and Sarr, who was hopelessly out of position as he tried to play the attacker offside, and Colchester were able to get their second through Sordell. With their confidence boosted, Colchester were taking control of the game.
Pope had to save from a volley as Colchester once again found space which Charlton had been unable to do all half.
In the four minutes added on, Makienok drew a save, the ball came back out and Moussa’s effort went wide. The Addickted booed Charlton off.
U’s 2, Addicks 0
Rhys Williams came on after the break to replace Ceballos. Charlton won an early corner but it was unproductive. Charles-Cook took a shot, but it was parried away.
Johnson came off and Vaz Te came on, Williams moved back. Vaz Te took a shot, it was punched away, but the move ended with a decision that there had been a foul on the keeper.
Pope saved from Moncur after some poor play by Sarr. Vaz Te took a shot, but it deflected into the arms of the keeper.
A shot from Gilbey deflected off Sarr for a Colchester corner as the rain poured down. Charlton made a break, but a shocking challenge was put on Moussa and the yellow card was shown. Makienok was also booked for dissent.
Charlton won a corner, but the move ended in a goal kick. The Addickted chanted, ‘We want our club back.’ Shortly afterwards there was a chorus of ‘If you want them out, stand up.’
Charlton won a corner. Sordell was taken off to loud applause. Vaz Te put in a shot, the keeper saved, and then the ball was cleared off the line by Brindley.
A Charlton corner led to the ball being steered well wide by Williams. Charles-Cook put in a good cross, Makienok made a good run and put in a header but the keeper saved. In any case, the referee awarded a free kick.
Reza got a goal back for Charlton with a header after an excellent cross by Vaz Te in the four minutes added on to make it 2-1. Morgan Fox was penalised for a foul throw.
Will this lead to the sacking of the ‘Interim One’. I doubt it, as I don’t think anyone is lined up to replace him.