Sunday, 12 January 2020

That'll do

Charlton held table topping West Bromwich Albion to a 2-2 draw at The Valley yesterday. It was an exciting, competitive match in front of an up for it crowd, although the increasing petulance of the Baggies players earned them a succession of yellow cards, six in total. The match was the lead on Quest's EFL show last night.

Satisfied supremo Lee Bowyer praised the character shown by Charlton: Boywer hails Charlton's character

The Bangkok Addick tweeted: 'Very impressed with the battling performance against a technically superior team with several players who were in the Premier League last year.'

Paul from Bexleyheath made the game on crutches after his recent operation. Erstwhile Goodbye Horse fanzine editor and former black cab driver Kevin Portch made it to the Real Ale House in East Greenwich before the game.

Charlton fans were heartened by the return of Jonny Williams, who displayed his usual commitment, and Jake Forster-Caskey. It was a first ever senior level goal for Josh Davison, a non-league recruit from Enfield Town in the summer, and a first Addicks goal for Tom Lockyer. If this goes down in the stats as own goal, it will be nonsense: Lee Boywer says so

The game mirrored October's similarly-entertaining affair at The Hawthorns when Charlton also twice came from behind to earn a 2-2 draw. While the first half was fairly even, Albion will rue not making the most of their superiority after Robson-Kanu put them ahead for a second time less than a minute into the second half. This was frustrating and was really the consequence of a rather tentative start to the half by the Addicks.

That goal had an element of fortune, the Wales striker's instinctive flick from a Matt Phillips cross taking a nick off Naby Sarr. Zohore, who netted the winner in Sunday's FA Cup game, had earlier won the ball before firing home at the second attempt to break the deadlock. Oshilaja made an initial block, but was unable to prevent a repeat effort. The Albion move had started when Matthews gave the ball away.

But Davison, a summer arrival from non-league Enfield, headed the Addicks level from close range after Sarr nodded back a deep corner. The Baggies fans held on to the ball before the corner, much good that it did them, but they continued with similar silly behaviour throughout the match. I also think that the EFL should fine the Baggies for having an away kit in bad taste. More seriously, it was actually quite difficult to see the player numbers.

Sarr made a crucial and very skilled tackle to prevent Albion taking the lead again.

The Covered End delivered a chant of 'There's only one Matt Southall' in the first half but leading moaner Desmond from Deal was not impressed: 'Mark my words! The wheels are coming off and it's all going pear shaped. Duchatelet will build houses on the training ground before we buy it.'

Charlton have won just once in 15 Championship matches, taking eight points from a possible 45, but the draw keeps them 19th, five points above the relegation zone.

The attendance was a little disappointing at 19,720, but reminds us that there is work that needs to be done to attract back former fans.

Lee Bowyer hopes to sign his new contract on Monday.

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