Tuesday 26 January 2021

Charlton hold on for three points

A dogged performance by Charlton saw them take three points with a 1-0 win at Stadium MK tonight.  The winning goal was scored in the first half by Canadian starlet Liam Millar. 

MK Dons tried hard in the second half to confirm their status as home draw specialists, but although Charlton sometimes struggled for possession and made some sloppy clearances, they managed to withstand the pressure from the Franchisees.

Curbs selected Darren Pratley as his Man of the Match alongside Millar, saying that Pratley did a job for the team.  He said that it was a big win.

On three minutes Pratley won the ball well but a Stockley shot was saved.   Charlton applied some pressure and Pratley could have shot rather than passing the ball.

On 18 minutes Washington put in a good ball and Millar scored with a decisive strike.

Curbs said Charlton started well, but MK Dons started to get into the game more.  Jerome hit the post from a home corner conceded by Purrington.  Amos saved from a header after another home corner.

HT: 0-1

On 48 minutes MK Dons had a free kick in a promising position, but it came off the wall.  Conor Washington went down and had to be replaced by Schwartz.  I think we missed Washington.

Charlton had a free kick in front of the D, but Forster-Caskey's shot was just over the bar.  Millar threatened to score again, but his second touch was not as good as his first one and the keeper saved.

On 66 minutes MK Dons threatened, but Amos saved well.   Stockley, who had not been prominent, and Shinnie were replaced by Aneke and Morgan.  Apart from one attack when he was fouled, Aneke had difficulty in getting into the game.  Morgan had some nice touches.

The home side a number of corners and free kicks, but Charlton defended effectively with important contributions by Matthews and Millar.  Four minutes were added on, but the Addicks managed it well.

Reporting from his living room, Louis Mendez tweeted: 'MK had 70% of the ball during the game but think we dealt with most of their threats, Amos only one proper save I can think of. Kept Fraser quieter considering how he ripped us apart at The Valley.'

Smiling supremo Lee Bowyer praised his team for getting back to basics: https://londonnewsonline.co.uk/charlton-boss-lee-bowyer-delighted-to-see-his-side-get-back-to-basics-during-1-0-win-at-milton-keynes/

Charlton remain in 6th place, Doncaster having beaten AFC Wimbledon at home.  Portsmouth lost to Lincoln and Peterborough drew.

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