Saturday, 24 August 2019

Charlton hold on to go second in table

Charlton beat Brentford 1-0 at The Valley this afternoon to go second in the Championship table. The Addicks were under the cosh for much of the second half and the midfield was forced into defence, leaving Lyle Taylor isolated up front.

Brentford passed the ball around well and kept possession much of the time, but their inability to score goals was evident. They have scored just two goals in the first five matches.

The deciding goal came before half time when Jonny Williams surged forward and Conor Gallagher placed the ball crisply in the back of the net.

Charlton almost had a second in the 51st minute when Lyle Taylor narrowly missed connecting with a Ben Purrington cross. Ollie Watkins, who has scored both Brentford goals this season, stung the palms of Dillon Phillips on the hour mark as the Bees pressed.

Substitute Said Benrahma and Emiliano Marcondes were both denied by heroic blocks as the game reached its climax, but Charlton held on to preserve their unbeaten record.

There were a lot of interruptions for injuries, in part reflecting new concussion protocols. Deji Oshilaga had to be withdrawn with a groin strain and Lockyer filled in at right back: Withdrawn as precaution

Sizzling supremo Lee Bowyer admitted that Charlton probably did not deserve to win today, but he admired the way in which tired players put their bodies on the line in a battling performance: Bowyer not getting carried away

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