Saturday, 10 September 2016

Cods and Haddocks share the spoils

Picture courtesy Brian Cole

Charlton fell back to 13th in League One after drawing 2-2 with Fleetwood Town at the Highbury Stadium this afternoon. (They are 8th in the form table). The Addicks were 2-1 down at half time, but secured a late equaliser scored in the 87th minute by Novak.

The Addicks have now been unbeaten in six games.

Fleetwood's on-loan Burnley striker Chris Long netted his third goal in as many league games in the fourth minute as he rocketed the ball from 35 yards past Declan Rudd from distance. It was all Fleetwood until Charlton finally sparked into life just after the half-hour-mark. Nicky Ajose was just too short to head into an open goal when Magennis turned provider, but a minute later the Northern Ireland international nodded in Ricky Holmes' cross in the 32nd minute.

David Ball restored Fleetwood's lead, picking up a loose ball on the edge of the box and curled an unstoppable ball into the top corner in the 44th minute.

Holmes cut inside McLaughlin but curled wide on 62 minutes. The second half was largely a game of attrition until the match exploded back into life in the final 15 minutes with Town keeper Chris Neal twice making fingertip saves to thwart Holmes and Novak before the striker popped up with the late leveller.

Football League Paper player rankings

Rudd,7; Solly, 7; Konsa, 5; Pearce, 5; Fox, 6; Holmes, 7 (Botaka, 81, 6); Ulvestad, 5 (Foley, 81, 6); Crafts, 6; Magennis, 8; Ajose, 4 (Novak, 60, 6); Lookman 5.

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