Saturday, 27 August 2016

Score draw against leaders

Charlton fell back to 9th in League One after a 1-1 draw with Phil Parkinson's table topping Bolton Wanderers at The Valley.

Bolton's 100 per cent start to the season came to an end as a 90th-minute stunner from Ademola Lookman earned Charlton a point. Lookman came off the bench to strike the ball past Trotters keeper Mark Howard from 20 yards. And another Charlton sub Brandon Hanlan could have won it right at the death, but his header hit the side-netting.

Bolton had taken the lead through Gary Madine in the 53rd minute after good work from Liam Trotter on the wing.

Both sides could have gone into the break a goal up with Charlton's Jason Pearce heading wide from a Holmes free kick, and David Wheater seeing his effort cleared off the line by Solly and onto the crossbar.

There was a lengthy stoppage of play at the start of the second-half as Bolton's Mark Davies was stretchered off with a knee injury after landing awkwardly when making a tackle.

Fans opposed to the regime unfurled a North Korean flag above the directors' box during the game.

One fan commented after the game, 'Charlton desperately need to sign some attacking midfielders. Croft and Foley are both defensive and have no pace or creation Slade is a defensive manager, when Jackson was injured Lookman should have come on then not Bauer. At home we should be starting with our best attackers.'

Whether Lookman will still be at Charlton after the transfer window closes is a moot point. There are rumours about Yann Kermorgant returning, but I think it's unlikely. He scored a good goal to give Reading victory over Cardiff today.

Football League Paper rankings

Rudd, 6; Solly, 7; Konsa, 7; Pearce, 6; Fox, 6; Crofts, 6; Foley, 5; Jackson, 6; Holmes, 7; Ajose, 5; Magennis, 6. Subs: Bauer (24), 6; Lookman (64), 8; Hanlan, 90.


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