Saturday, 24 September 2016

Draw specialists?

Charlton slipped to 16th in League One after a 1-1 draw with Oxford United at the Kassim Stadium. Russell Slade's view is that 'If we keep performing like that, there's no doubt we can turn the draws into wins and climb up the table.'

The Addicks went in front through a 54th-minute penalty by Johnnie Jackson. Oxford's right back Phil Edwards handled Ademola Lookman's deep free-kick and Jackson calmly planted the spot-kick straight into the middle of the goal as Simon Eastwood dived to the right. That was the first goal Oxford had conceded for over five and a half hours.

However, they equalised on a swift counter-attack in the 67th minute as substitute Kane Hemmings picked out Maguire making a run to his right, and Maguire drove beyond Declan Rudd from 14 yards.

Both teams produced some free-flowing passing football in the first half. Rudd saved superbly to turn Chey Dunkley's header for a corner and Marvin Johnson twice went close with angled shots.

Eastwood raced off his line to block Lookman's shot with his legs and late in the game as the home side's goalkeeper brilliantly tipped over Josh Magennis' point-blank header. Charlton finished with 10 men as Harry Lennon was shown the red card in the 94th minute for his second foul on Liam Sercombe.

Alan Curbishley commented on Channel 5, 'It looks as if Slade has not had the backing ... the people that own the club have some big decisions to make.'

VOTV editor Rick Everitt says that Russell Slade's start is the worst for Charlton in the third tier in ninety years: Not good

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