Alan Curbishley and Keith Peacock back at The Valley. Technical advisers under the new regime?
That was the chant at The Valley this afternoon as an impressive Charlton defeated an in form Plymouth Argyle 2-0 to move within two points of the play off places. We were told it was not possible to play 4-4-2, but Lee Bowyer and Johnnie Jackson managed it.
In his first start at The Valley for over a year because of injury, Lewis Page opened the scoring with a brilliant strike on two minutes. A dipping left-footed volley came off the underside of the bar.
Plymouth had said they would dominate the early phase of the match, but it was a lively start from the Addicks with some good quality football. On 15 minutes Amos tipped Taylor's low shot on the post and almost had his own goal celebration.
However, an exceptional goal celebration was to follow. Aribo played the ball in from the right and Zyro provided a brilliant header to make it 2-0 from close range. He then put the ball under his shirt. After the goal, Charlton continued to press, winning a series of corners.
Bauer's header was saved on 24 minutes. On 27 minutes he was booked for a foul on Portuguese danger man Cameiras. Just after the half hour Carey managed to bend an effort just beyond the far post for the visitors who had 3,034 Green Army devotees in the Jimmy Seed stand.
Reeves received a yellow card for a trip on Makasi. In time added on, Ajose directed a volley at goal and Matthews pushed it away.
HT: Addicks 2, Pilgrims 0
On 53 minutes there was good build up play between the much improved Reeves, Ajose and Fosu, but Fosu put the ball just wide. Argyle made a double substitution on 54 minutes. On 69 minutes Fosu put the ball into the side netting from a tight angle.
Argyle were not really in it in the second half, but could manage the occasional threat. A Carey snapshot from 20 yards was not far over the bar. Ajose was taken off on 81 minutes and received a great ovation as he was replaced by Mark Marshall.
As normal time drew to a close, Aribo turned provider for Zyro, but his shot was just wide. In time added on Reeves was withdrawn to give Academy graduate Taylor Maloney his first start.
Richard Cawley tweeted that Jake Forster-Caskey had been good again today, dictating play from deep. Cawley has provided an 'on the whistle' report which suggests that 'reports of Charlton's play off demise may have been greatly exaggerated: Vital win