Sunday 18 September 2011

Charlton stay top after Rochdale win

Today's Football League Paper has more than one writer saying that Sheffield United are as good as promoted, but it is Charlton who remain top of their table after their 3-2 win at Rochdale.   The Addicks were 2-0 ahead at half time, but then surrendered their lead before scoring the winner.

Hamer made a superb save while the game was still 0-0.   The wife of Danny Hollands, Natalie, gave birth to triplets this week, but he was ready and alert to head home from six yards out after 20 minutes following a superb delivery from Johnnie Jackson.

On 44 minutes Paul Hayes drove into the box and found Wiggins, who picked his spot from 18 yards.  Wiggins was man of the match for the Rochdale commentators, followed by Jackson, but Chris Powell was full of praise for Hollands.

Rochdale scored their first on 57 minutes when Akpro put in a cross and Grimes muscled Scott Wagstaff off the ball before heading into the corner of the net.   Ball then equalised for Rochdale three minutes later.

Charlton often don't seem to threaten from corners, but on 80 minutes Hollands leapt to connect with a corner from Jackson and put his header past the keeper.

Jason Euell who had come on a sub cleared Balkenstein's header off the line at the end of the game to preserve Charlton's lead.

Charlton have got 12 points from their four games on the road so the challenge now is to do better in front of the edgy Valley crowd.

For me it was another sporting treble weekend: Leamington demolished Boldmere St. Michaels 5-0 in the FA Cup and Blaze beat Stingrays 6-3 (which they deserved if only for their fish mascot).

It is being reported that Paul Benson is going out on loan to Colchester United.

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