Saturday, 27 August 2011

Charlton go second after win at Bury

Charlton are second in League 1 after winning 2-1 at Bury.   MK Dons are top with a better goal difference of one over Charlton and Sheffield United, who won at Yeovil, are also on 13 points but with an inferior goal difference of one compared with the Addicks.

Charlton started with Hamer in goal and Sullivan on the bench.  With Bradley Wright-Phillips unavailable through injury, Green started with Hayes up front and Wagstaff in the hole.

Bury's Ryan Lowe grabbed his seventh goal of the season on 40 minutes. Lowe, making his 100th Bury appearance, fired home a free-kick from 30 yards after Michael Morrison had fouled him.  The free kick was taken quickly after Lowe saw Ben Hamer out of position.

It's always a good time to score just before half time, but Chris Powell told his players he wangted more from them and Charlton responded well.   Powell said afterwards, 'Each player gave me that five or ten per cent extra.'

Paul Hayes equalised for the Addicks four minutes into the second half, heading down into the net following a looping cross from Johnnie Jackson.   Bury manager Richie Barker said after the game, 'I told the defenders all week that Hayes would try and float of the back of them, and he was doing it all game and thanks to the quality of the cross he scored.'

Lowe volleyed wide, but  the unbeaten Addicks then scored the winner when Jackson came in at the back post to convert from Dale Stephens' low, inch perfect pass.   Bury applied some late pressure, but Charlton stood firm.

It seems to have been a bit of a game of two halves.  Our centre backs may have been too deep in the first half.  Jason Euell tweeted, 'Great result in the end today.  Wasn't at our best first half but came out second half and showed what we are about.'

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