Saturday, 8 October 2011

Best start to a campaign since 1927

Charlton's unbeaten run continued this afternoon with a 1-1 draw at The Valley with Tranmere Rovers.  They remain top of League 1, although Sheffield Wednesday narrowed the gap to three points after beating Chesterfield 3-1 at home.   Huddersfield beat Stevenage 2-1 in a game which ended with trouble between the benches and are just one point behind the Owls.   This is Charlton's best start to a season since 1927 and Radio 5's afternoon programming came from The Valley with the whole game carried live.

Kermorgant started in place of Hayes and Green replaced Wagstaff, although the latter came on in place of Green in the 69th minute.   These are changes many fans have called for.

The visitors went ahead in the first half on 33 minutes when Adam McGurk's strike took a deflection off Chris Solly and flew into the top corner.  The Addicks improved after the break and Dale Stephens and Danny Hollands both went close.

Yann Kermorgant was fouled in the area by Ian Goodison late on in the half and skipper John Jackson levelled from the spot on 80 minutes.

The Radio 5 commented that this result showed how difficult a division League 1 was to get out of, but thought that it would be looked back on as a useful point later in the season.

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