Saturday 17 December 2022

Charlton run out of gas

Charlton remain 18th in the table after failing to hold on to a lead at The Valley against Bristol Rovers.  Ryan Inniss was an initial hero and then the villain.

Rovers goalkeeper James Belshaw twice denied Jesurun Rak-Sakyi and also Jack Payne as Charlton dominated the early proceedings.

The Addicks fully merited their 20th-minute lead, Ryan Inniss heading home Scott Fraser's corner.

Charlton keeper Ashley Maynard-Brewer pushed away a shot from the edge of the box by Antony Evans but it was a rare attack by the visitors in the first period.

Rovers striker John Marquis turned the contest around after his introduction in the 55th minute.

He took just six minutes to get on the scoresheet, dispossessing a dozing Inniss on the edge of his own penalty area and emphatically whipping the ball beyond Maynard-Brewer.

Marquis claimed his second of the afternoon in the 72nd minute when Inniss' pass forward was cut out and the substitute made no mistake after breaking into the right of the box to extend Charlton's winless league sequence to six matches.

Richard Cawley commented: ‘Had so many chances to score more than one goal in the first half but once again defensive woes. Now 12 matches without a clean sheet in all comps. That first mistake by Inniss was a huge one, has to be alert to the danger.’

Alan Curbishley described it as a "perfect storm" at Charlton. Mentioned twice post-match about "lack of atmosphere" from home crowd. "If it wasn't for the Bristol Rovers fans, you wouldn't have thought a game was on today."

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