A solid performance defensively from the whole team saw The Addicks leave MK with all 3 points.
Of late, only against the Posh have we scored first and unlike that game we went on to win. There was an absence of the basic defensive errors that have seen us gift goals to the opposition.
It was a more disciplined and cohesive display from Charlton who were happy to allow MK the lion’s share of possession whilst limiting them to few clear cut chances.
From the off, and throughout, the boys in red pressed MK not allowing them much time or freedom on the ball. Central to this was Pratley’s marking of Fraser who was so closely attended to that he carried none of the threat he did in the reverse fixture.
Pratley’s tireless performance epitomised that of all Addicks. There were several examples of closing down and notable interceptions with Millar’s defending late on at the far post a superb case in point.
If one had to be critical then one would have to say that we ought to have done better with the excellent chances we created in the first half. As I said in my previous post, in and around the box we need to improve our decision making and to be more clinical.
Millar had a great game and he has certainly given us a greater attacking threat that has been missing since Doughty’s injury. His direct running and crossing is affording us more scoring opportunities.
Another player who added to our attacking capability is Shinnie. How much have we missed him of late? It’s so good to have him back in the side.
Stockley put in a fine all round display that augers well for the remainder of the season.
We now face a run of Saturday games that isn’t affected by midweek fixtures. A full week’s preparation and the chance to field a settled side now presents itself.
That should give rise to us putting a decent run together whilst others in and around us play catch up on their games in hand.
Until the return of Famewo and Inniss I think Gunter and Deji have done enough to retain their central pairing.
I’d like to see Aneke and Schwartz start on Saturday against Portsmouth and for the foreseeable.
Hopefully stability and confidence have returned to the team and we can now start to at least cement a top 6 place if not threaten the top two places.