Saturday, 25 November 2017

Charlton slip back to 6th

Charlton slipped back to 6th in League One after succumbing to two second half goals at Scunthorpe.

The opening 10 minutes were pretty quiet with both teams working sizing each other up, but both were willing to attack. There was no goalmouth action until the quarter hour when Scunthorpe won a corner when Ezri Konza flicked out a boot to take the ball away from a lurking Madden after Funso Ojo had put a ball into the box.

But from that corner Ricky Holmes robbed Lewis and produced a surging run deep into the Scunthorpe half. He played in the overlapping Mark Marshall but Matt Gilks came out to close down the angle and save with his feet.

The game sprung into action just before the half hour when Gilks produced a brilliant save to deny Josh Magennis. Ricky Holmes produced a peach of a cross from the right and Magennis headed it back across goal but Gilks managed to get a hand to it to divert it on to the post.

Then seconds later, Gilks was on hand again to turn a long range strike from Holmes around the post. But then it was Scunthorpe’s turn to threaten as Madden got free down the right and Hopper got his header on target which was tipped over the bar by Ben Amos.

Holmes continued to threaten in the second half. But Josh Morris, brought on as a substitute after half time, changed the course of the game in the space of three second half minutes just after the hour. With the home side awarded a free kick 20 yards from goal Morris curled the ball round the wall and into the top corner, leaving Amos no chance.

Then on 64 minutes Morris picked up the ball 20 yards from goal and sent a curling shot right across goal into the far corner to give United a cushion against a shell shocked Addicks side. Wallace almost made it three when his cross come shot looked to be drifting in but Amos was across to claw it away from under the crossbar.

Karl Robinson said after the game that he could not have asked any more from his players: Players did nothing wrong

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