Tuesday 27 September 2011

Breton retains Charlton's unbeaten record

He is almost certainly the only Breton to have ever played for Charlton and last night Yann Kermorgant secured a 1-1 draw for the Addicks against MK Dons.   Preston won 4-3 at Wycombe and hence are now just two points behind the Addicks: they also have a game in hand.     MK Dons dominated the first half, but Charlton came back strongly in the second.

MK Dons started strongly as Balanta and charm merchant Clinton Morrison went close within the first five minutes.    However, Morrison was unable to secure his objective of scoring against the Addicks, although it is the second time this season he has been involved in a 1-1 draw with them.

Dons played a 4-3-2-1 formation to deny Charlton possession and the alert Hamer had to make three important saves in the first half.

The franchisees secured a first-half lead after Dean Lewington was brought down in the box by Matt Taylor (one report says Chris Solly) and Shaun Williams converted the penalty.

After the break Paul Hayes brought an excellent save from keeper David Martin before Bradley Wright-Phillips wasted a free header from a Rhoys Wiggins cross.

Skipper Johnnie Jackson, was at the heart of much of Charlton's improved work after the break and created two chances in as many minutes on the hour mark. First Paul Hayes’ volley was blocked close to goal, before Bradley Wright-Phillips headed over.

Kermorgant, who had only been on the field three minutes as a substitute replacing Wagstaff, headed Charlton level on 75 minutes from Danny Green's cross.

As the slogan goes, 'Win at home, draw away, go up in May.'

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