Tuesday, 20 September 2016

0-0 at the break

Charlton and Scunthorpe were 0-0 at half time tonight after a tight first half. The Addicks were playing a 4-5-1 formation with Magennis up front, supported by Lookman on the right. Ajose was relegated to the bench. Patrick Bauer and Johnnie Jackson were in the side which lacked Ricky Holmes because of injury.

Charlton stepped up the pressure around the half hour mark, but then the Iron came back into the game. Rudd had to save well from a corner. Lookman applied pressure just before the break.

In the second half, Charlton had some chances, but also had to defend with Pearce and Bauer making excellent contributions. Substitute Botaka had a chance to score and in time added on Johnnie Jackson hit the post from a free kick.

Given Scunthorpe's home record this season, 0-0 is a respectable result. Charlton remain 14th.

Russell Slade praised a 'really solid' performance by his players: Iron will

A Northern Addick who was there commented, 'I thought we were decent enough last night; clearly we were set up not to lose, which in the end may have denied us all three points, but I suspect most of us would have taken a point at the start so it would be carping to complain subsequently.

Pearce, who I criticised after Saturday, was much more like the player we'd been told to expect, presumably as a direct result of having the solid Bauer next to him;all four defenders looked assured, with Solly increasingly dangerous going forward.

I like Crofts more and more every time I see him, especially as he seems to receive so little in the way of support from the lightweight Foley, while Jackson and Ulvestad worked their guts out all night - what a shame the skipper's brilliant free kick couldn't have crept in.

Magennis was excellent up top on his own, never giving up in his attempts to bring others into play and Ademola... well Ademola was wonderful; he's way too good for this level of course, but sadly our set-up meant that we were unable to exploit the fact that they detailed two men to look after him all night.'

Elsewhere, former Addick Simon Makienok scored a hat trick in Preston's 3-2 victory at Bournemouth.

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