Saturday 23 December 2017

Charlton manage to stay in play off places

Charlton have managed to stay in sixth place after a disappointing 1-1 draw with Blackpool at The Valley this afternoon, thanks to results elsewhere.

Blackpool looked poor in the first half while Charlton put some fluent movements together, going ahead through a well crafted goal from Joe Aribo who weaved his way through the opposition. In the second half, Blackpool looked more impressive while Charlton started to lose their fluency. We thought that we were more fragmented after Leon Best went off: he won some balls for us which we wouldn't normally win. Unfortunately, he has reportedly done his hamstring. Magennis also looked better on the left.

The inevitable equaliser came in the 89th minute. Karl Robinson had some harsh words for the referee after the game and some of his decisions were baffling, but it was our inability to score a second goal that was the real problem. Robinson said that the referee was atrocious: Karl speaks his mind

The Addicks went ahead in the 15th minute when academy graduate Aribo's low finish found the back of the net and nearly doubled their advantage when Leon Best met Jay Dasilva's inch-perfect cross from the left but his header drew a superb point-blank stop from Ben Williams.

The Tangerines retained more possession in the second half in their pursuit of an equaliser, but both sides struggled to create clear-cut chances and it took until the 89th minute before Gary Bowyer's side eventually levelled through Gnanduillet.

Charlton were unable to deal with a goalmouth scramble and the powerful striker headed past Ben Amos from close range with Blackpool's first registered shot on target of the match and earn a point.

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