Monday 2 January 2017

Super Josh Magennis

That was the chant at The Valley this afternoon as the striker scored a hat trick in a 4-1 victory over Bristol Rovers. Joe Aribo provided three assists. Charlton are now 11th five points off the play off places.

Charlton did not start well as they adjusted to the formation with three in midfield and Konsa uncertain about his role, but he improved considerably as the game went on. The Gasheads went ahead on 9 minutes, sending their 1,572 supporters wild with delight. Patrick Bauer slipped as he tried to pass the ball to Phillips and Easter took advantage to make it 0-1.

Aribo won a free kick in a promising position after a good ball from Konsa. Magennis signalled his intent by hitting the crossbar.

Even so, Charlton were still playing at a low intensity. Rovers were getting too much space and needed to be closed down more quickly when the Addicks were defending.

Transfer target Fox received a yellow card for a rash challenge. Botoka went on a run but was fouled in a cynical tackle by Lee Brown who received a yellow card. Then on 41 minutes Aribo delivered a free kick to Magennis who scored with a header to make it 1-1.

A good ball by Botaka was put just behind for a corner. A shot from Konsa was blocked. Chicksen tried from 30 yards in the two minutes added on.

HT: Addicks 1, Gasheads 1

On 50 minutes Rovers were inexplicably caught out by the same free kick routine. Aribo delivered the ball to Magennis at the far post and he headed the ball into the far corner to make it 2-1.

Good work from Bauer saw Magennis put the ball over. The improving Crofts intercepted a dangerous low cross. Konsa forged forward for 70 yards, beating three or four players and winning a free kick.

Rovers made a double substitution, bringing on Matt Taylor. Crofts fed Aribo who turned provider for Teixeira who scored easily to make it 3-1.

Crofts put in a great ball over the top and with an excellent touch and the perfect finish Magennis put the ball in the bottom left-hand corner to make it 4-1.

Aribo received a standing ovation when he was substituted by Ulvestad. The risk is that he will now be a future sales target.

Solly got a yellow card for fouling Taylor. With Konsa and Solly substituted, Charlton saw the game out. As well as being given the chance to socialise, fans saw a decisive win. Official attendance 12,252.

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