Saturday 24 October 2020

Poor game, good result

Charlton beat Northampton 2-0 today to secure another three points.  It was a scrappy game, but a good result.  The conditions were appalling with a swirling wind and a bobbly pitch.   

Charlton's two goals came within four minutes of each other in the second half, first from substitute Darren Pratley and then an own goal created by Alfie Doughty. Ryan Inniss provided good defensive work throughout with some important clearances, contributing to another clean sheet for the Addicks.

The main incident in the first half was a great double save by Amos.  Northampton set up a good set piece and Amos first had to palm the ball away and then kick it when he was on the ground.  Apart from that it was a tame half, although Racic received a yellow card for a foul on Smyth.

Half time: Cobblers 0, Addicks 0

Levitt was taken off after the break in favour of Pratley.  Levitt finds the physicality of League One quite difficult to deal with.

On 53 minutes from a Charlton corner Inniss headed the ball down and Bogle touched it, enabling Pratley to score.

Smyth had a great opportunity minutes later, but he made a poor connection with the ball.

Then on 58 minutes Amos found Doughty with a good goal kick.  The winger went on a great run and put in an excellent cross which was put in his own net by Owen Goal.

A Northampton corner was punched out by Amos.   Harriman brought down Doughty as he sped away and received a yellow card.   Doughty hobbled away with most of the damage done by the impact.  It didn't look good and he may not be available for Tuesday.

By this time there was the driving rain which had experienced earlier in Leamington 30 miles to the west.  On 76 minutes Washington replaced Williams.  Hoskins got a yellow card for his challenge on Forster-Caskey while the Charlton player got one for his reaction.

Inniss had to kick away a threatening Northampton free kick.

Five minutes were added on, but Charlton remained in control.

Charlton have gone up to eighth, one point off the play off places and they have a game in hand over some teams.

Sanguine supremo Lee Bowyer admitted it wasn't Levitt's type of game, hence the inspired substitution:

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