Charlton were overtaken by in form Plymouth in the play off places after they succumbed 0-2 to Shrewsbury Town at a freezing Valley this afternoon. There is no doubt that the better team won. My preview warned about the danger posed by former Leamington ace Alex Rodman and he opened the scoring for the visitors in the second half. Beckles then made it 2-0 from a corner.
All credit to Paul Hurst for getting his team to play as a cohesive unit. Karl Robinson? The less said the better. Robinson claims that the players did not implement his game plan. Why would that be?
Charlton did create three chances in the opening three minutes, but after that it was downhill all the way. Amos did save a rather tame penalty from Nolan with his legs, the ball then bouncing off the crossbar.
Charlton managed a decent opening five minutes in the second half, but then it was all Salop. After they went 2-0 down, Richard Cawley tweeted that Charlton showed a total lack of belief they could get back in the game. On 82 minutes Fosu, who had come on as a substitute, was just off target from 25 yards. Handbags at six paces on 85 minutes showed players' frustration.
Official attendance on football for a fiver day was 17,581 with 1,254 supporting the vistors.
Alan Pardew's future is in doubt after West Bromwich Albion lost 1-2 at home to Huddersfield Town. Why do people think he is a managerial genius? Seven wins out of fifty games with Palace and the Baggies.