Charlton went down 0-1 in a dismal defeat to Oxford United at The Valley this evening. Red cards are now outweighing wins with Chris Solly sent off. 9,101 allegedly watched the spectacle (699 from Oxford) but that figure includes season ticket holders who had the sense not to turn up.
Charlton started brightly enough with Byrne hitting the crossbar from 25 yards on three minutes. Mavididi, making his first start at The Valley, then had a good run on eight minutes but fired straight at Eastwood.
Former Charlton loan player McAleny put in a snap shot from 25 yards on 12 minutes and it went in off the post.
Charlton had a lucky escape in 19 minutes when Edwards put a free header over the bar. He displayed similar inaccuracy later in the game.
Forster-Caskey put in a cross, but the effort from Magennis went over the bar. Forster-Carskey got a yellow card for a challenge.
On 36 minutes Magennis won a free kick which led to a Charlton corner. A header from Teixeira was just over. Just before the break Crofts and Lundstrom got a yellow card for a disagreement.
Charlton continued to show a lack of creativity in the first phase of the second half, but things livened up for a while after a double substitution. Watt replaced Forster-Carskey and Aribo replaced Byrne. Mavididi hit the post on 59 minutes.
Bauer got a yellow card, but the free klck on the edge of the box was cleared. Solly got a red card for taking out Lundstrom. Aribo got a yellow card for a trip on McAleny. Crofts was replaced by Botaka.
In six minutes added on, a last gasp Charlton corner was cleared off the line.
Here's to you, Karl Gobinson. And, thank you, Roland.
Karl Robinson said after the match that he knew what had to change, but he couldn't put it right immediately: Fans weren't wrong to boo us
Lee Bowyer has now joined Charlton as a permanent assistant coach, giving the Addicks more coaches than Valley Express.