Tuesday 8 February 2022

That was the season that was

Charlton's faint hopes of a play off place were effectively ended with a 2-1 defeat at a wet University of Bolton stadium this evening.   It was hardly an education in football from supposedly the best team in the division, but once again Charlton's defensive errors let them down.   The Addicks are down to 13th.

Charlton contained Bolton in the early exchanges, but then Clare went down.   Bolton then broke with a long ball forward and went ahead on nine minutes despite an attempt by Famewo to correct his error by stopping it going in. At least he avoided a potential red card.

Morgan drew a foul in a promising position, but the move ended in a Bolton free kick.

A ball over the top caught Charlton out and MacGillivray had to head the ball out.

Charm merchant Jones got a yellow card for a strong challenge on Dobson.   It could have been a red.

Washington got a yellow card for challenging the goalkeeper.  Gilbey got a yellow card for the same offence.  The referee had a word with captain Pearce about Charlton players.

Steve Brown thought it had been a disjointed performance.   Nothing had gone particularly well for Charlton.

Bolton had the better pressure, but neither side had a lot of chances.   Curbs said it had been flat on both sides.  A neutral would find it hard to say what either side were good at.   We hadn't managed to get decent balls into Washington or Burstow, we hadn't fashioned anything.

HT: 1-0

Facing relentless pressure, Pearce got a yellow card for a foul.   Bolton were not able to make use of the free header from the free kick.   John was booked for Bolton.

Charlton got the first corner of the game.  Gilbey's shot was deflected over the bar.

As 60 minutes approached Burstow came off in favour of Aneke.  Pearce, in danger of being sent off, was replaced by Lavelle.

Bolton put in a shot that was inches wide.

Dobson had been a thorn in the side of Bolton and received a yellow card.  Fraser came on in place of Gilbey on 68 minutes.  With the changed formation, Charlton were in the game more.

On 75 minutes Aneke got the equaliser with a header after a great cross by Fraser.

A Bolton free kick given away by Clare needlessly went towards the six yard box and was headed in to make it 2-1 on 83 minutes.   Once again Charlton had conceded from a set piece.

MacGillivray had to make a great save to keep Charlton in the game.

In five minutes added on Washington brought down a ball from Morgan well but Fraser's shot was gathered by the keeper.   Bakayoko was booked for a foul, but Morgan's free kick was not productive.

Curbs said we hadn't played well.   We fought our way back in it, but it lasted a few minutes.   The first goal was a dreadful one to concede, a disaster for Famewo.   There was no spark and it was such an important game.

Jacko sounded shell shocked.  'The goals we gave away were poor.  I feel like we've given two goals away.  We scored a really good, well-worked goal.'  He thought the tackle on Dobson was a red card, he was caught studs up.  'The fourth official is right there.   They've only beaten us because of our sloppines.  We haven't been clinical enough in the moments we have had away from home.'

Full comments by Johnnie Jackson here: https://londonnewsonline.co.uk/johnnie-jackson-bemoans-defensive-lapses-as-charltons-unbeaten-run-is-ended-by-bolton-wanderers/

Louis Mendez says that Charlton didn't have the muscle to compete with Bolton in the first hour: https://londonnewsonline.co.uk/four-takeaways-from-charltons-defeat-at-bolton-wanderers-addicks-punished-for-two-lapses-in-concentration/

Bolton manager Ian Evatt thinks that Jason Pearce should have been sent off, but admits that Gethin Jones could also have got a red card: https://londonnewsonline.co.uk/i-cant-believe-jason-pearce-wasnt-sent-off-bolton-boss-ian-evatt-admits-both-sides-should-have-received-red-cards-during-charltons-2-1-loss/

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