Saturday 30 March 2019

The second goal problem

Charlton beat bottom club Bradford City 1-0 at The Valley this afternoon. Although the three points were welcome, it was in many ways a painful experience.

Charlton went ahead in the first half through a well-taken goal by Lyle Taylor who was well set up by Naby Sarr and Aribo. But then we were unable to score a second goal which would have finished the match off.

Bradford were error prone at the back and needed to have pressure applied to them. After a decent first half, in the second half Charlton lacked urgency and even seemed lethargic. Fortunately, although Bradford were capable of rapid counter attacks, their finishing was poor.

After their opening goal on 18 minutes, Charlton nearly doubled the lead after 22 minutes when Taylor turned provider by squaring for Igor Vetokele, but O'Donnell did well to pull off a save at point-blank range.

Taylor almost added a second after 32 minutes when his curled effort from outside the area hit the post and rebounded out for a goal kick. Bradford should have equalised after 36 minutes when Jacob Butterfield took too long to fire in an effort after Lewis O'Brien beat the offside trap.

Taylor was guilty of firing over the bar from six yards out after 41 minutes while David Ball hit the post for Bradford 10 minutes into the second half.

Louis Mendez reports on the narrow win here: Basement Bantams

Lee Bowyer thought that Charlton dominated the game, although they were sloppy in possession at times and still have an outside chance of a top two finish: Bowyer's hopes

No comments:

Post a Comment