Monday 26 December 2011

Charlton fight for the three points

In the opening minute the ball was given away by Andy Williams in the Charlton half reports Paul May from a chilly Huish Park, Wright-Phillips connected and Green ran on to it.   For a moment it looked as if the shot had gone in but it went into the side netting to the horror of Chris Powell.

Wright-Phillips was unable to keep a cross in.   Ephraim advanced well with Hollands and Wiggins involved, but the move ended in a throw in.   Yeovil kept giving the ball away in midfield.  Wright-Phillips didn’t put in a particularly good cross from the left.

Against the run of play loan player Obika scored for Yeovil on eight minutes with an overhead kick although Charlton complained about dangerous play.   The ball had come off a Charlton defender.

Charlton tried to apply some pressure, but Yeovil won a free kick.    The Addicks won the first corner of the afternoon.    Hollands was unmarked and put in a header from Green’s corner at the back post to make it 1-1.

Kermorgant tried an overhead kick but it went through to Gilmartin in the Yeovil goal.   A cross from Russell went over the top of the bar, but the match had gone a bit quiet along with both sets of supporters.

A Yeovil attack was cut out by Charlton at the expense of a throw in, but Wiggins cleared well. 

Green was fouled and Charlton were given a free kick on the touchline 25 yards from goal but Kermorgant’s effort to connect was unproductive.   Wiggins dealt with an effort from Upson.  Wiggins put in an effort from some 40 yards out.

Charlton won a corner after applying some pressure following a Green free kick.  Gilmartin punched out with both hands and Charlton won another corner off a deflected shot.    This time Green’s effort went over the bar.

The floodlights started to come on.   Obika put in a shot which he took first time and which went wide.  

Yeovil conceded another free kick on the touchline.   The home side packed the area and initially cleared.   Green put another ball in and Morrison’s effort went just past the back post.   It was an opportunity to score.  Gavin Williams put in an effort from distance which went over.

Gilmartin put a poor kick out, Wootton controlled it poorly, Wright-Phillips took advantage and won a corner, but Gilmartin saved from it.    Obika managed to get clear of Taylor.   As Hamer came out, Obika tried to flick it over him but put the shot wide.

Yeovil won their first corner of the afternoon, leading to a second, although Charlton thought that a Yeovil head got the final touch.   Charlton were able to clear.

Charlton started well, but seemed to flag somewhat after getting the equaliser.   In the last five minutes a number of passes went astray.   Ephraim tried to launch a last minute attack.  Wootton got a yellow card for sliding in studs up and Charlton won a corner.

Half time: Glovers 1, Addicks 1

Yeovil won a corner following a free kick in front of the home fans.   Hamer punched the ball out, but the Glovers kept up the pressure for a while.   A shot from Andy Williams went wide but took a deflection for a corner.   Hamer should have claimed the ball as the corner was nothing special, Huntington came through the crowd and the big player put it in the net from two or three yards out to make it 2-1 after five minutes.   Hamer claimed that he was fouled.

Green received a yellow card for a trip giving Yeovil a free kick, Hollands was able to volley clear.   The home side continued to apply some pressure.

A clumsy challenge on Kermorgant  gave Charlton a free kick 25 yards out.   The ball went in to make it 2-2 from Kermorgant on 60 minutes, delighting the 920 Addickted in a crowd of under 5,000.   The power, pace and placement was excellent and left the 6ft. 5 ins. Gilmartin was left with no chance.   It was arrowed in to the left hand side of the goal.

Charm merchant Upson picked up his 10th yellow card of the season.    The free kick was about 30-35 yards out.   Morrison drew a point blank save from Gilmartin.

Morrison won Charlton a corner.   The referee moved the ball an inch.   Green couldn’t find enough space to shoot.   Upson was taken down as Yeovil broke and Russell got a yellow card.

Wright-Phillips put in a shot which led to a corner.   Blizzard just about managed to clear.   Charlton kept up the pressure.    Wiggins was fouled and Ayling received a yellow card.   Charlton won another corner.   The ball was headed off the line at the back post. 

Morrison was tackled in the box by Huntington and Yeovil broke, but the attack fizzled out.   The Addicks were dominating the match.   A snap shot by Green went over the bar.

O’Brien came on for Yeovil and Gavin Williams went off.   Wiggins won a corner for Charlton.  The Addicks kept up the pressure, Gilmartin splayed himself to save a toe poke from Ephraim.  The ball from the corner was cleared off the line by Yeovil after a header by Taylor.

Two more Charlton corners followed as they piled on the pressure.  The Addicks continued to camp out in the Yeovil half.   Wright-Phillips put in a shot but a goal kick gave the home side a breather.

The home fans started to get angry with the referee.   Green put in a good ball and Ayling had to put it out for a corner.   An effort by Solly hit three players and Yeovil broke.  Andy Williams was brought down by Wiggins who received a yellow card.

Wiggins dealt well with a Yeovil break.   Green displayed a flash of brilliance and put an unstoppable shot into the far corner to the delight of the Addickted.    The Addicks brought on Andy Hughes in place of Wright-Phillips.  

Andy Williams thought he had equalised and Hamer palmed it round the post.   Morrison went down during the wait for a corner.   Charlton cleared off the line at the back post.

Charlton are now eight points clear at the top of the table after Sheffield Wednesday lost at Walsall.

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