Tuesday 21 November 2017

Forster-Caskey secures the points

Charlton went 4th in League One after beating Rochdale 2-1 at The Valley tonight. The Addicks did not start the game well and went behind, but Jake Forster-Caskey equalised and then scored the winner in the second half. Attendance was a thin 8,801 (146 away).

Marshall had an effort on 11 minutes that was not too far away, but generally it was a sluggish start for Charlton. Rochdale were well organised with five at the back and the Addicks were struggling to get a foothold. It was therefore no surprise when on 13 minutes the unmarked Gillam took advantage of a low cross from Bunney to put the ball in the net for the visitors from eight yards out.

On 21 minutes Done hit the inside of the post from the edge of the box following a mix up between Amos and DaSilva. Half-hearted marking was allowing Rochdale to create charges. They were also engaging in niggly fouls, but eventually referee Breakspear awarded a yellow card.

On 35 minutes DaSilva put in a cross from the left. The ball fell well for Forster-Caskey who was able to prod it home to equalise. On 40 minutes a Marshall drive was just about held by the keeper.

After the break Ahearne-Grant came on for Reeves who is now an injury worry. He had a hamstring problem and is now a doubt for Scunthorpe: Injury worry

Whatever Karl Robinson had said them during the interval, Charlton displayed much more pace in the second half and looked more effective.

On 51 minutes Kashi hit the base of the post. Amos then had to make a great save, tipping the ball over.

On 60 minutes Marshall put in an angled ball from the right, Lillis spilled it and Forster-Caskey scored from the rebound to make it 2-1.

On 78 minutes a Marshall shot was blocked and Magennis, who had a good work rate, put the ball over. On 79 minutes Ahearne-Grant shot straight at the keeper.

With four minutes of normal time left, Amos made a great one handed save to prevent another 2-2, somehow tipping Bradden Inman's volley over the bar.

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