A leading moaner described the signing of Corey Blackett-Taylor as scraping the barrel, but he was the outstanding player for Charlton in their2-0 win at the Abbey Stadium tonight. It was three away wins in a row and another clean sheet. Charlton are now 13th,.
Fanewo had to block an early Cambridge counter attack after there had been a shout for handball in the home side's penalty area waved away by the referee.
After the counter attack, the home side were edging it in a scrappy game, but then Washington won a corner for Charlton. The keeper caught the ball and the U's counter attacked, Clare defending.
Smith missed a chance, but the flag went up anyway. No one was defending properly.
A threatening shot took a deflection off Clare for a corner.
Blackett-Taylor forged forward but his shot was saved by the keeper for a corner. Pearce should have done better with his free header.
Clare had to concede a corner, taken quickly as a short one as Charlton switched off. The U's should have done better.
Charlton had to concede a corner again after a Cambridge run that started with a Charlton goal kick. The U's packed the six yard box, but Stockley cleared.
Dobson got a yellow card for a foul. A U's long throw led to another corner for them. Stockley headed away.
A Washington shot from a high ball which he controlled well was straight at the keeper.
Both sides had had chances, but it was hardly a feast of football. We gave the ball away too easily.
Curbs said it was a very open game again. It had been a little bit laboured, perhaps one game too many.
After the excitement of the half time ball in the skip competition, the lively Blackett-Taylor caused the U's some problems, but Stockley was disappointed by a Morgan corner.
Pearce had to defend as the U's counter attacked. A shot by Gilbey was gathered by the keeper after Blackett-Taylor had worked well again.
Washington put in a good cross but Stockley's header was just wide.
Washington was booked for a foul.
Cambridge made two substitutions including danger man Ironside.
A shot by Washington was tipped over the bar by the keeper. A well-worked move saw Gilbey put in a header which did not have enough power on it to trouble the keeper.
A shot by Blackett-Taylor was deflected and put Charlton 1-0 ahead on 73 minutes.
Macca spilled the ball and Pearce had to clear at the expense of a corner. Chuks Aneke replaced Stockley.
After good work by Clare, Aneke put a shot in and it took a deflection off Washington to make it 2-0, although the Charlton commentators thought it was offside.
Blackett-Taylor was replaced by DJ.
Curbs said that the first half was nondescript, but we got stronger and stronger. We were more threatening second half. Washington was a constant threat running in behind.
Conor Washington: 'The pitch was hard, fast and bobbly and the winding was swirling. Two scrappy goals, but we hadn't scored enough of those. It's been a really tough period, come off a lot of injuries, especially in the forward area, just getting up to speed again. I want more goals, I've equalled last year now.'