Tuesday 1 January 2019

Addicks up to 5th

Charlton are in 5th place in League One after their 2-1 win over Walsall today, but on the same number of points as Barnsley who drew at Luton. Karlan Grant and Lyle Taylor scored for the Addicks inside the opening eight minutes, Taylor from a penalty.

The Addicks opened the scoring when, under no pressure in his own half, Ferrier miss-placed a pass to Dobson. That allowed Fosu to play in Grant who entered the box before firing through the legs of Liam Roberts and into the net.

Taylor and Roberts both raced to meet a cross from the lively Albie Morgan. But while the keeper claimed the ball, Jack Fitzwater was judged to have pulled striker back with referee Ross Joyce pointing to the spot. Taylor then made no mistake from 12-yards with the goal the forward's sixth against Walsall is as many games.

Two goals up and full of confidence, Bowyer's side started moving the ball well as they went in search of a third. Ben Reeves saw a free-kick from the edge of the box sail inches past the post. Grant then raced past Jon Guthrie and into the box only to see a low strike blocked by the defender. The Addicks remained on top as the clock ticked past the half-hour mark.

Just two minutes after the interval, the Saddlers pulled a goal back. Leahy's ball into the box was taken down on the chest by Cook who then turned to work himself some space. And from 10 yards the striker then arrowed a low drive into the corner and beyond the reach of Phillips.

Charlton had a goal controversially disallowed on the hour when a corner was delivered right underneath the crossbar. Taylor nodded in but in doing so bumped into Roberts with the young referee awarding a foul on the keeper.

Cook put in a fierce drive well blocked by Bielik. With 10 minutes still to play, Taylor saw a shot from inside the box parried away by Roberts. And while Walsall went on to huff and puff in the closing stages they were unable to create a clear chance to get back on terms.

The report on the fifth consecutive home win from Louis Mendez is here: Addicks hold on

Lee Bowyer said that Charlton's first half performance was the best of the season and singled out Albie Morgan and Toby Stevenson for particular praise: Best 45 minutes of the season

Lee Bowyer says that Jason Pearce is likely to be out for several weeks and is will be joined in the busy Sparrows Lane treatment room by Ben Reeves who was taken off injured today: Injury blows

Lee Bowyer says that he is hoping to sign two players, one was at The Valley today. He wants to sign both before the Sunderland game on Saturday.

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