Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Charlton Athletic 2 v Doncaster Rovers 0 ( 3-3 on Agg. ).......

although the Addicks get the 3 points due in large part to Dale's thunderbolt !
What a night ! Train delays held up many fans and some were too late to witness Dale's great strike and some missed the game altogether.

It was an odd evening all round. Season ticket holders were required to use Voucher A for a league game thus giving rise to the possibilty of reaching unchartered waters with the potential need to use Voucher B for a cup game..........well, I never did !

This was a comfortable win for the Addicks who took full advantage of the re-arranged game. In truth we should have won about 7 or 8-0 but some bad luck allied to truly awful and on occasions, hilarious misses meant it wasn't to be.

Sadly my desire to see Yann and Marvin start up front went unfulfiled although Yann and Simon did ok. Church should have scored within the first three minutes as he almost repeated Long's first goal for Albion from the previous evening. Having shown sublime skill in controlling the ball he contrived to steer his shot wide.

Yann hit the inside of the post and it looked like being on of those evenings until Stephens stepped up with his wodenrful volley.

Stewart, who looked a damn sight happier and better on the right had a good night and was unlucky to see a great effort crash back off the bar. I like Stewart and would do so even more if he does away with the standing still with the ball at his feet.......too much of that for me, play on sir !

Alnwick was calm and assured in goal and made one wonderful save in the second half aside from which he wasn't really tested. Clearly he prefers to kick the ball off the floor and his throwing the ball out to do so was reminscent of Weaver. Rest assured that's where the similiarity ends !

The win was much needed and has given us some breathing space. How good the performance was against a very poor Rovers side will be made clearer after Saturday's game. The Tractor Boys will provide a much sterner test of course. With the upcoming games I wonder if Sir Chris will be tempted to rest a couple.............we'll see.

Finally, a special mention to BDL ( for I assume it was he ) for the players leaving the pitch to " Why Does It Always Rain On Me "............nice touch !

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