Wednesday 26 February 2020

Bleak night for Charlton

Charlton once again succumbed to a last minute goal as they went down 1-0 to Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough. Charlton have now conceded six goals after 90 minutes this season.

With the bottom three all winning (Wigan 3-0 at Reading, Barnsley 1-0 at Hull, Luton last night), Charlton remained in 18th place but just two points above the drop zone.

It was a far from inspiring performance from the Addicks, who started with a 3-5-2 formation. There were about 500 fans there in an attendance of 21,370. There was considerable criticism on social media, although the poor standard of refereeing was also criticised. Lockyer received his 10th yellow card of the season, a harsh booking which means that he will miss the next two games.

Once again Charlton had difficulty holding on to the ball, while the Wednesday midfield were given too much time and space. Phillips made a number of good saves from Forestierei and also from Fletcher. Charm merchant Forestieri got booked for a nasty challenge on substitute George Lapslie.

Charlton's best effort was a 25 yard volley from Lyle Taylor in the second half which hit the crossbar. Shortly afterwards a goalbound effort from Taylor at close range was blocked.

Fletcher nodded the ball home from close range in the fifth minute of stoppage time to end Charlton's resistance and earn the Owls a first win in eight Championship attempts.

Naby Sarr was not available due to a tight calf. It is unclear how serious his injury is, but he was missed tonight.

Lee Bowyer thinks that Charlton were robbed of a point by a late soft free kick: Shell shocked supremo

Fans have been piling in on Bowyer on social media, but it is not clear what replacing him at this stage would achieve or who they would replace him with. He started the season with a thin squad and it wasn't enhanced much in the transfer window, although perhaps McGeady should have been given a chance to show what he can contribute tonight.

The team are staying in Yorkshire for Saturday's six pointer at Huddersfield.

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