Saturday 20 October 2018

Sunshine win for Charlton

In brilliant sunshine at The Valley this afternoon Charlton beat Barnsley 2-0 through two well-taken goals by Karlan Grant. The Tykes may have come as the team with the best away record in the Football League, but the first Charlton goal seem to have deflated them.

Charlton's performance was not faultless and we could and should have scored more. The referee, as expected, did us no favours and was booed off the pitch. Charlton have moved up to 9th.

Grant opened the scoring after eight minutes, taking a superb diagonal pass from Jamie Ward and hitting a low shot across Barnsley goalkeeper Adam Davies and in off the far post. Aribo had a great first half, displaying some silky skills.

Alex Mowatt forced a diving save from Jed Steer from a long-range free-kick after 16 minutes, but that was the only time Barnsley threatened in the first half.

In contrast, the speedy Charlton forwards kept the Tykes' defenders at full stretch and Ward twice had shots saved by Davies. Taylor was tireless throughout the game, in defence as well as attack.

Barnsley introduced top scorer Kieffer Moore at half-time but to little effect and Charlton doubled their lead seven minutes into the second half as Grant converted Lyle Taylor's low cross from close range.

Naby Sarr came on as a late substitute for the injured Krystian Bielik and gave us a few anxious moments. Lee Bowyer was full of praise for the contribution the returning Bielik had made: Bielik

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