Saturday 23 February 2019

Charlton leave it late

After an insipid first half, Charlton secured a 2-1 victory over AFC Wimbledon at the Cherry Red Records Stadium this afternoon in front of 750 Addicks. Naby Sarr equalised on 51 minutes with a stunning free kick and Igor Vetokele scored the winner on 90 minutes. Shell shocked supremo Lee Bowyer was sent off.

Parker was out of the team because of a virus. Phillips denied an early effort by bearded wonder Scott Wagstaffe. Charlton won a number of corners, but were unable to make anything of them, although they were playing into the winter sun in the first half. However, their passing was often sloppy. Marshall advanced well on 13 minutes, but his shot went over.

Folivi served notice with a shot into the side netting from a Dons corner. Marshall got a yellow card for a high challenge. On 24 minutes a free kick was pumped into the box and Folivi tapped home from a yard to make it 1-0. Charlton looked toothless and Bauer had to make a last minute challenge to stop it becoming 2-0. Taylor was serenaded by the home support with a chant of 'You should have stayed at a big club'.

Taylor missed a close range chance with the ball going over. The Addicks were huffing and puffing and lacked quality in the final third. A Taylor cross was blocked.

Early in the second half the referee (a late appointment) gave Bowyer a yellow card and then a second yellow for his reaction. He had to go and sit in front of the press box.

A free kick won by Taylor was converted by Sarr with a left foot rocket. Then he was booked for a reckless challenge.

Aribo was just wide from 25 yards. Taylor then turned provider for Marshall, but the keeper made the save. Marshall was replaced by Fosu. A save kept out a Cullen volley and then a good shot from Williams was saved.

Vetokele replaced Lapslie on 79 minutes and on 85 Dijksteel replaced Solly. Taylor headed over from a corner. A Fosu effort was saved, but there was a scramble from the corner and the final touch came from Vetokele.

Charlton are six points ahead of Doncaster who drew at Scunthorope (but Donny have two games in hand) and three points behind Portsmouth who drew 0-0 at home with Barnsley. Charlton opened up a seven point gap over Peterborough who lost today. Sunderland won at Bristol Rovers.

Lee Bowyer has revealed what he said to the referee: Boss's comment

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