Saturday 18 March 2017

Defeated by top team

Charlton lost 2-1 to Sheffield United at Bramall Lane today. Ricky Holmes put the Addicks ahead on three minutes, but O'Connell equalised for the Blades on 14 minutes. It was 1-1 at half time, but the home side took the lead on 48 minutes. At least it's a better scoreline than the 6-0 or 7-0 the pessimists in the row behind me were predicting.

Holmes’ perfectly executed set-piece from just on the edge of the 18-yard box, after Paul Coutts had brought down Forster-Caskey, put Charlton ahead. He lifted his free kick up and over the wall and beyond the reach of the keeper. Watt then hit the woodwork before the home side equalised. On the half hour mark he drew a good save from the keeper.

Forster-Caskey was the catalyst behind Charlton’s best moments. Pressing, probing and perfectly willing to take on his marker himself, the 22-year-old caused United all sorts of problems throughout a difficult first-half for the home side. As the interval approached, United finally began to establish a foothold in the game.

After the break Rudd pulled off a superb save to keep out a header from Lafferty but he could stop him tapping home from on the line.

Charlton are 15th, six points above the drop zone.

Football League Paper player ratings

Rudd, 6; Byrne, 5; Bauer, 6; Teixeira, 6; Chicksen, 5 (DaSilva, 84, 5); Ulvestad, 5 (Bokata, 80, 5); Konsa, 6; Forster-Caskey, 6 (Crofts, 74, 5); Holmes, 8; Watt, 8; Novak 6.

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