Saturday 20 November 2021

Charlton go 12th after Valley win

Charlton beat Plymouth Argyle 2-0 at The Valley this afternoon to end the table topping side's unbeaten run.  The Addicks are now 12th in the table.

Plymouth manager Ryan Lowe said' We weren't quite at our best while Charlton were.   We were beaten by the better team.' 

The Addicks almost went ahead after seven minutes, when George Dobson pounced on sloppy defensive work, only to pull his shot off target.  After further Charlton pressure, where they forced a number of corners, Elliott Lee put a Dobson cross just off the outside of the post on 22 minutes.

Plymouth started to get into the contest and just before the half hour mark Ryan Hardie beat the offside trap but goalkeeper Craig MacGillivray saved well.

Charlton still dominated the rest of the half, but were unable to find a way to make their superiority count.

It was 0-0 at half time.   They suffered a blow 10 minutes after the restart, when captain Jason Pearce was forced off the field with injury.

Former Argyle player Ben Purrinton opening the score against his former club in the 61st minute.  Dobson received a short corner and delivered an angled cross which reached The Cat beyond the far past and he drilled a shot past Cooper in the Plymouth goal. 

In the 84th minute Conor Washington raced past the Plymouth defence to make it 2-0.

Substitute Mason Burstow tweeted: 'Buzzing to make my league debut in a packed out Valley, making my family and friends proud!! Fans were absolutely amazing, thanks for all the support! Been a dream of mine since I started playing football. Big game, Big win.'

Johnnie Jackson gives his reaction to the game and whether he would be prepared to revert to assistant manager:

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