Saturday, 7 April 2012

Nine man Charlton take the three points

A battling performance by Charlton saw them 1-0 at Oldham with nine men to preserve their lead at the top of League 1 after both Sheffield teams won their games.

Bradley Wright-Phillips is dropped from the starting line up at Oldham this afternoon and is replaced by N’Guessan reports Paul May.  Chris Powell had said that he would rotate players to keep them fresh and hungry.   Johnnie Jackson returns to the bench.   Meanwhile, the travelling Addickted were able to contemplate the 2-0 victory by Sheffield Wednesday at Huddersfield.

Charlton won an early corner.   Cook’s effort was put over the bar by Hollands.

Wagstaff was in a good position and should have made better of it after Kermorgant set him up.

Neither side dominated in the early exchanges.   Quality was that not that much in evidence.   The pitch didn’t help much with big strips of sand on either flank.   The pitch was sticky and players were losing their footing easily.

Kermorgant was flattened by Mvoto and the referee from Rutland reached for his book. 

Stephens was given a yellow card.    Wagstaff lost possession and gave away a free kick in a dangerous position and received a yellow card.   The effort from Morais led to an Oldham throw in. 

Diallo pulled down Wagstaff on the edge of the area and was given a yellow card.    The free kick by Cook led to a corner.   The corner from Stephens was curled out of play.

Charlton were not being allowed to pass the ball by Oldham and were resorting to lumping it forward. 

Hollands was sent off for a lunging challenge on Lee, a decision hotly disputed by Kermorgant and other Charlton players. 

Kermorgant was flattened by Mvoto and received the second yellow card and the red.    Bunn was taken off and Tarkowski came on.   Kuqi was booked for saying something to the referee.

Neither keeper was really tested in the first half.

HT: 0-0

Wiggins whipped in a great cross from the left-hand side and Kermorgant made it 1-0 to the Addicks at the far post.   The chant ‘Charlton Athletic, we’re top of the league’ started up.

Stephens put in a good defensive header as Oldham advanced. 

Adeyemi had a chance but Cort blocked well with Oldham winning a corner.  The ball was clattered clear by N’Guessan as Adeyemi threatened.

Kermorgant was shown a yellow card for fouling Simpson.    Kermorgant was hauled down by Tarkowski, but the referee gave nothing.

Cort had to concede a corner kick as Adeyemi advanced.  The corner was unproductive.

Kuqi shot straight at Hamer after Oldham tried to produce some football.    N’Guessan, who had been asked to drop into a midfield berth, was withdrawn in favour of Bradley Pritchard. 

Wagstaff slipped on the pitch and caught Furman, he was shown the second yellow and sent off.  It was a poor decision by the referee.

Lee Cook was withdrawn and replaced by Matt Taylor.    Charlton were playing a 3-4-1. 

Kermorgant had a go from inside his own half when he saw Bouzanis off his line and it was only inches past the left hand post.

Morais came off and was replaced by Hughes.  

A free kick from Simpson was defended well by Cort.    Simpson was shown a yellow card for not pulling out of a challenge on Hamer who required some treatment.

Five minutes were added on.   Oldham won a corner.    Stephens smashed the ball away.   Cort made a powerful header clear.

Oldham won another corner and kept up the pressure, but the move eventually ended in a goal kick for Charlton.   Hamer was booked for time wasting.    Morrison was given a yellow card for a poor tackle and Oldham won a free kick.   Simpson’s free kick was poor.

The 600 Addickted celebrated the win.

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