Saturday, 17 September 2016

Out Wombled

After losing 1-2 at home to AFC Wimbledon today, Charlton are just two points ahead of Bristol Rovers in the first relegation place - or, if you want to be optimistic, four points behind sixth placed Sheffield United with a game in hand.

After an opening goal brilliantly crafted by Ademola Lookman, Charlton had their chances to finish this game off but didn't take them. A 1-0 lead at half time looked slender and so it proved. Lookman continued to shine when he worked his way into the box and saw his powerful drive pushed away from goal just before the break.

Ricky Holmes could have doubled Charlton's lead in the 54th minute, but his close-range effort was excellently saved by Shea. Holmes and Nicky Ajose wasted good opportunities to put the game to bed for Charlton.

When Francombe was stretchered off on 58 minutes and Elliott came on, he seemed to energise the Dons. Poleon had got the measure of Solly and equalised for the visitors and then former Addick Barry Fuller turned provider for Barnett.

What struck me once again was the relative weakness of the midfield which was dropping back far too much after Wimbledon's equaliser.

Charlton had seven shots on target to Wimbledon's two and six corners (although the first didn't come until the second half) to none.

Football League Paper player ratings

Rudd, 6; Solly, 6; Pearce, 6; Konsa, 6; Fox, 6; Crofts, 6; Ulvestad, 7; Holmes, 7; Lookman, 7; Magennis, 6; Ajose, 5 (Novak 68, 6).

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