Charlton remain top of League 1 after suffering a 1-0 defeat at Stevenage this afternoon. Huddersfield are just one point behind, but Sheffield Wednesday would have to win by a massive margin in the steel city derby to overtake the Addicks.
Cort started in place of Solly after his return from international duty and Kermorgant partnered Wright-Phillips up front with Hayes only coming on in the 88th minute in the place of Taylor in a last ditch effort to provide more fire power. Green was replaced by Wagstaff in the second half, indicating continuing uncertainty about that position.
Charlton were undone by their own former midfielder Stacy Long with a deflected shot in just the 11th minute. Long cut in from the left to try his luck with a speculative 20-yarder, but it took a wicked deflection to completely wrongfoot Ben Hamer.
Stevenage keeper Chris Day twice denied Charlton with excellent stops from Dale Stephens and Leon Cort, while Rhoys Wiggins hammered a shot inches wide.
Long almost doubled his tally when he saw a powerful drive beaten away by Hamer, while Jon Ashton came close to doubling the home side's advantage after the break.
We just have to re-group and make sure that we beat Carlisle.
Tactically I suppose it is better to lose to Stevenage than to a contender like Huddersfield or either of the Sheffield sides. On the other hand we should find a reply to the negative football that we saw from Tranmere and apparently from Stevenage.ReplyDelete