This is Paul May reporting to you from the Covered End on a murky day in SE7 with Wyn Grant stranded in the Midlands, indeed I hear that some Addicks are stuck on trains. Contrary to what Wyn says, I don’t over indulge, although I like a few pints to get me in the mood.
Charlton fielded an unchanged side. The Addicks gave away an early free kick. Solly was brought down with a crude challenge and Smith was shown a yellow card. Later in the game it might have been a red.
Neither side was on top in the early exchanges, although Preston had a lot of the ball. Charlton had to put the ball behind for a corner, but Hamer claimed the ball confidently.
Hamer was not happy about an under hit back pass from Taylor. Charlton kept surrendering possession. Green burst through with a great run, the drive was only half dealt with by the Greek origin replacement keeper and Jackson was there ready to pounce and put the ball in the net.
Kermorgant got a talking to for a challenge, although the away fans wanted him booked. Charlton won a corner. Jackson’s corner was good, Morrison put the header in but couldn’t get it on target.
Charlton won a second corner after a great run down the left and this time it was Michael Morrison who scored. The keeper initially blocked it, but he was unable to keep control.
Hamer’s clearance was hurried and poor, Coutts went for goal and the ball was only just wide. Nevertheless, Phil Brown didn’t look happy.
The Greek origin keeper, formerly the reserve keeper at AFC Telford, came out and floored Kermorgant. No card was shown when a yellow was probably justified. The Preston fans tried to put Jackson off, but he sent the keeper the wrong way and hammered it into the bottom right-hand corner to make it 3-0.
An overhead volley from Preston by Nicholson nearly found the goal. One of the linos picked up an injury and the fourth official got ready. This led to a long stoppage in play and it looked as if the referee’s assessor got involved.
Wiggins conceded a corner. The header went over the bar and didn’t bother Hamer much. Hamer dealt with a shot from the Scot Nicholson who has played for Aberdeen and Dunfermline.
Charlton got a free kick in a decent position after a shove on Wright-Phillips. Wright-Phillips capitalised to make it 4-0. The Preston keeper had words with his defence, calling for a coalition of unity.
Preston got a free kick on the edge of the penalty area about 20 yards out after a sliding tackle. The effort from Parry went over the bar. Kermorgant was inches wide after a terrific cross from Jackson on the left.
Wright-Phillips got past the defender with great skill, cushioning the ball with his foot, and put in a volley which wasn’t far off target.
Taylor defended well with a header. Then Hamer put in a scuffed clearance and Chris Powell looked a bit exasperated. Wiggins made a good run on the left and Charlton won a corner as four minutes added on were announced. Green’s delivery was good, it was headed away and then Green received a rugby tackle round his ankles, Coutts receiving a yellow card. Unfortunately the free kick was overhit into the Jimmy Seed stand.
Half time: Addicks 4, PNE 0
Preston weren’t given a team talk on the pitch, but they were sent out early for the second half and went through a full warm up routine. They made a double substitution after the break.
Tsoumou put some pressure on Hamer but he was up to the challenge. Preston seemed to have changed the position of some of their players. Taylor and Hamer combined well.
There was a poor challenge on Wright-Phillips by one of the central defenders. He then got caught offside. A shot by Green which was close to going in took a deflection leading to a corner. Jackson’s corner was a good one.
Green fed Wright-Phillips but his header went just over. Wiggins defended well after he had slipped. Wright-Phillips put in a shot, but the keeper made a good save, pushing the ball out.
An effort by Kermorgant from 35 yards out was saved. The crowd was announced at 17,486, the highest attendance of the season without a special offer.
Wiggins advanced down the left, put in a great cross with pace and power and Hollands made it 5-0 with a superb diving header.
Preston advanced down the left, but Hamer made a good save. Wagstaff and Hayes came on to face his old team and Wright-Phillips and Green who had played well went off.
Hollands tackled Nicholson well. Jackson went off to fantastic applause and a standing ovation. Jason Euell came on. Aristidou made another poor clearance. Good work by Euell and Hayes led to a Charlton corner. Euell’s corner was cleared.
Preston beat Hamer with a powerful header by Morgan at the near post into the roof of the net to deny Charlton the clean sheet. Hamer may have got a glove to it. Morrison berated the other defenders.
The referee spoke to Kermorgant for his reaction to a bad challenge. Hayes turned provider for Euell, but Preston were able to clear. A curling shot from Hayes was easily dealt with.
Preston then scored a second goal through Daley and it has to be admitted it was a good one from the substitute, volleyed into the corner of the net. Hamer had no chance.
Charlton started to panic a bit, Hamer should have claimed the ball, but left the work to Solly, and Preston won a corner.
Charlton eased off in the second half which led to Preston winning the half. But it was another great win overall.