Saturday 19 September 2020

Valley of Frustration

It was a frustrating afternoon for the 1,000 fans let into The Valley as Doncaster Rovers secured a 3-1 victory over Charlton.

I went to have my flu jab this morning and my GP asked me, 'Are Charlton still crap?'  Well, on this performance, not quite good enough, but also a little unlucky.

Those of us watching remotely once again had to struggle with a failure of the audio.

On eight minutes Washington broke into the right of goal and his shot ran across the front of goal, Gilbey was just unable to connect to nudge it in.  On 11 minutes a low shot from Gilbey was tipped wide for a corner.

On 13 minutes Morgan put in a cross, Bonne was wide, but was offside anyway.

On 24 minutes Gomes put in a snap shot out of nowhere from distance, Amos was wrong footed and the visitors went 0-1 ahead against the run of play.

Just past the half hour, Amos spilled a Doncaster free kick, but Morgan came to the rescue.  Doncaster were playing with confidence and Amos had to make a good save on 40 minutes.   Pratley had to put in some good defensive work as the half came to a close.

Half time: Addicks 0, Vikings 1

There was a change of formation for Charlton at the break with three at the back.  The ball was given away sloppily in midfield and Barker scored an own goal to make it 0-2.   James was given a yellow card for a foul on Barker.

Washington drew a save and then Amos had to save smartly from Forster-Caskey.   On 60 minutes Williams replaced Baker.

John-Jules made it 0-3, it was way too easy.   The defence didn't have a great day.

After a Charlton corner Morgan kept the ball alive well and Washington scored with a header to give Charlton some hope.

The game became very open and end to end, but the skill level was not high from either side.  Doncaster brought on the 39-year old Coppinger.  In a last throw of the dice, Lapslie replaced Morgan on 85 minutes.

In the five minutes added on, Gilbey put in a strong shot from distance that hit the crossbar.

The Vikings could return north pleased with their raid.

Shell shocked supremo Lee Bowyer fears that complacency may have set in among his players, there is no competition for places:

The arrangements at the game were featured on the ITV evening news, including interviews with fans.

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