Saturday 25 August 2018

Crossbar challenge was the highlight

A fan winning £5,000 in the crossbar challenge at half time was the highlight in this afternoon's 0-0 draw with Fleetwood Town at The Valley. It was certainly the nearest an Addick came to scoring.

Charlton (just about) held the visitors at bay, but the front men got poor service and very few chances were created. Taylor also kept being hauled down. We often seemed too slow in getting to the ball.

The game which was held up in the first minute as home fans threw packets of crisps onto the pitch in response to barmy Belgian owner Roland Duchatelet' latest cost-cutting measures. There was a short report about this on Radio 5 on Sunday morning when it was dubbed 'Crispgate'.

Once the action resumed, the two sides produced plenty of endeavour but few chances. The hosts started brightly and Lyle Taylor went close when he tested Fleetwood keeper Alex Cairns after 17 minutes with a shot from outside the box which was well held. The keeper had a curious habit of waving at his players so the Bloke Beside Me (Paul from Bexleyheath) started waving back.

The visitors earned their first chance after 35 minutes when a Ched Evans shot was deflected across the face of goal, following a cut-back from Wes Burns. Burns nearly opened the scoring just before the break when his shot from six yards out was cleared off the line by Patrick Bauer.

The best chance of the match came after 57 minutes, when Dillon Phillips brilliantly kept out a header from Ashley Hunter. He received a score of 8 from the Football League Paper. Charlton should have taken the lead with 13 minutes remaining when Joe Aribo volleyed wide from eight yards after a good cross by Chris Solly.

Igor Vetokele came on a sub, but made little difference.

Can anyone explain what a Fleetwood player meant when he shouted, 'Open up the pitch!'

Charlton remain in 14th place. Saturday's attendance of 8810 v Fleetwood was the lowest Saturday league gate at The Valley since the visit of Watford on 1/10/1994.

The report from Louis Mendez can be found here: Stalemate played out


  1. Dont agree with this as the highlight.To me Lewis Page tripping up Nabby Sarr in front of the Easr stand was hilarious.