Charlton had a decisive 3-0 win over Shrewsbury Town last night and from hovering above the relegation zone climbed to eighth in the table. Josh Magennis had an early attempt on goal, but his chipped finish was dealt with by the outstretched hand of the keeper. The Addicks were rewarded for their early pressure when the impressive Holmes curled them into a 22nd-minute lead.
The winger had already demonstrated his threat with his movement and several promising runs when he again received possession in midfield. He began another, before from the edge of the area sending a right-footed effort into the top right corner beyond the Shrewsbury goalkeeper.
Johnnie Jackson's goal almost instantly followed. With the visitors unable to clear a cross from the right in the 24th minute, the club captain reached the loose ball and routinely finished from directly in front of goal. Shrewsbury players complained to the referee that their keeper was on the ground, but that was down to him.
Holmes effectively secured Charlton's much-needed three points in the 31st minute by curling a left-wing corner directly over the keeper and into the top right.
After that it was effectively game over and became more of a kick about, and although the Salopians had more possession, they scarcely threatened. Pearce was standing for no nonsense in defence. Lookman did have an effort on goal that was parried by the keeper.
Rick Everitt gives his take on the match here: Rickster's Report.
I think he needs a new sub when he talks of the 'hospitality' towards Mr. Popularity Roger Johnson. Surely he means hostility?
He focuses on the official attendance of 9,174, including 419 Salopians. In practice, the real attendance would have been much lower.
As he points out, once fans are lost they often don't return. So even if Roland sold out tomorrow to a Kunming-based consortium, they would have a hard struggle getting fans back.