Tuesday 31 January 2012

Dale Stephens saves us from being Buryed

Leon Clarke replaced a rested Bradley Wright-Phillips in tonight’s match against Bury at The Valley reports Paul May from a freezing Valley, standing in for Wyn Grant who could not get away from work in time to get to the match.   Bradley Pritchard dropped to the bench to make way for a returning Dale Stephens.   The referee was the banker from Billericay, Andy d’Urso.

An early effort by Danny Green from 35 yards out went over the top of the bar.   The gloved Wiggins defended well as Bury tried to advance.   A number of players combined well, but Jackson’s effort was disappointing.  A strong challenge went in on Kermorgant and the referee had a word with the Bury player.

The Addicks were looking dangerous every time they went forward.  A free kick from Green created an opportunity, but Hollands and Taylor went for the same ball and the keeper was able to gather. Jackson put in a good ball to Clarke and the keeper had to dive to his left to make a good save.

Kermorgant tried to play in Jackson, but the Shakers defended well.   Green put in a cross, but it was cleared at the expense of a Charlton throw in and the move ended in a Bury free kick.   Charlton won a free kick after Hughes fouled Clarke, but Bury were able to clear the danger.  Bury made a rare attack but Hamer gathered comfortably.

Kermorgant put in a good header from 12 yards out but the keeper was able to make a very good save.  Green put the keeper under pressure, but his follow up went into the Bury fans in the Jimmy Seed stand. 

A handball was ignored by the referee and Bury won a corner.   Bury won a free kick 15 yards inside the Charlton half.   The header went in just wide of the target.

An effort from the edge of the 18 yard box by Lewis four minutes from half time caught out Hamer and the visitors went ahead.   It was a soft goal to give away, the first one in the league of 2012.

Danny Green was shown a yellow card for an unnecessary tackle.  The free kick went straight into the hands of Hamer.

After the first five minutes, the quality of Charlton’s play dropped away while Bury stuck to their plan with a lone striker.

Half time: Addicks 0, Shakers 1

Hopefully fired up by Chris Powell’s half time team talk Charlton came out first for the second half.  Bury won an early corner after being allowed in too easily.  Stephens charged the ball down at the expense of a Bury throw.

Kermorgant put in a shot when he could have laid the ball off to Green.   Jackson put in a good cross but the ball went over the bar.   Green put in an effort but the keeper saved well.  Charlton won a corner after another handball was ignored.  Morrison headed the ball back in and Taylor had a free header but put it over the top.

Green got the ball into the box, but Kermorgant was unable to seize the opportunity.    He was not at his best.   Bury won their third corner.   The Addickted were getting restive.   A header from Clarke went just wide. 

Solly did well to keep the ball alive.   Wiggins defended well.    Charlton won a free kick in a promising position after Sodje fouled Kermorgant.    Green’s delivery had too much height on it and not enough pace and the keeper gathered  comfortably.

A shot from Wiggins deflected off Sodje to produce a corner for Charlton.   Jackson’s corner was put wide by Kermorgant when he should have headed it across goal.  Haynes came on for Clarke.   There was a handball on the line at the Covered End by a Bury player to deal with a volley by Solly, definitely hand to ball, but nothing was given by d’Urso.

Wiggins put in a good delivery and Kermorgant headed back across goal but no one could get on the end of it.  Green put in a poor delivery to the box.   Stephens gave the ball away but won it back.  A ball into the box by Wiggins led to a Charlton corner.   The keeper got on the end of Green’s delivery who then indulged in a bit of time wasting.

Morrison gave the ball away.   This was happening on Charlton’s part too often during the game in front of the crowd of 13,264.   Wiggins floated the ball in to win a corner.    The keeper conceded another corner.    Jackson’s delivery was good, but it was cleared.

Pritchard replaced Hollands.   Jackson got the ball on his left foot and put it over the top.   A shot from Dale Stephens took a deflection for a corner.   Green put the corner in and an excellent effort from Stephens went just wide of the post.

Wiggins was caught to win a free kick 25 yards out.   Five minutes were added on.   Kermorgant’s free kick went over the top.   Taylor got a yellow card for a challenge on Lewis.    Stephens produced a pile driver from 35 yards out to make it 1-1 as the bench went wild.    It could be an important point. 

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