Saturday, 29 February 2020

Devastating defeat

Charlton went down 4-0 at Huddersfield this afternoon with two of the goals scored by former Addick Karlan Grant who gave it large to the away support. It was a very poor performance from which one can take no positives.

It left Charlton 20th in the table. Wigan continued their run with a 1-0 win at an out of sorts West Brom. Barnsley lost at Reading. Luton and Stoke drew. Middlesbrough have a game in hand (they are at home to Forest on Monday).

Demands for Bowyer to go have increased in intensity and volume. It is difficult to see a quality replacement coming to a relegation threatened club at this time of the season. Even if they did, they would find it a hard task with these players, very few of whom are of real Championship quality.

The home side started strongly and it was all Huddersfield in the opening stages. Even when Charlton did have a spell of possession they couldn't get into the final third.

Grant pounced on a mistake from Adedeji Oshilaja before burying the ball past Dillon Phillips to open the scoring for the Terriers mid-way through the first half. Huddersfield had another chance to a score just before the break.

Williams came on at half time for Otzumer, but was unable to make a decisive difference. Charlton did improve in the opening phase of the second half, but as is so often the case, the corners they won were unproductive. The disappointing McGeady was withdrawn in favour of Bonne, but Huddersfield substitute Steve Mounie put the hosts in control two minutes after coming on, deflecting home Harry Toffolo's cross with 15 minutes remaining to double the lead.

Hemed came on in place of Lapslie on 81 minutes, but all he did was get a yellow card.

And Grant netted his second and the Terriers' third in stoppage time after being played through by Juninho Bacuna, who then scored himself from long-range.

Louis Mendez tweeted: 'Capitulations like that are always a massive warning sign. Missed a few chances in what was actually a decent first 25 mins of the second-half but then lost it big time. Really worrying end to that game and poor first-half of course.'

Lee Bowyer asid today was 'Not good enough. First-half was bad, poor. I take full responsibility for it. I picked the team. I picked players that I thought would do better playing the diamond and it didn't work.' He apologised to supporters: Bowyer takes full responsibility

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