Tuesday 18 April 2023

Three points on the road

Charlton moved back to 10th in League One after beating MK Dons 1-0 this evening.   Macauley Bonne was dropped after his social media antics and there were four changes overall: https://londonnewsonline.co.uk/milton-keynes-v-charlton-athletic-team-line-ups-macauley-bonne-is-dropped-by-dean-holden-for-disciplinary-reasons/

Holden has now drawn a line under this issue: https://londonnewsonline.co.uk/dean-holden-says-he-has-drawn-a-line-under-the-macauley-bonne-social-media-issue-after-forward-is-dropped-for-milton-keynes-trip/

Jack Payne struck the winner to condemn the Dons to their first defeat in eight games and leave them three points above the drop zone with three matches remaining.

Both teams struggled for fluency in the first half, with MK Dons forward and former Addick Jonathan Leko coming closest when his shot from outside the box was tipped onto the post by Ashley Maynard-Brewer.

A terrific driving run down the left by Zak Jules three minutes after the restart led to him picking out Mo Eisa, whose shot was pushed away by the alert Maynard-Brewer.

It took until the 56th minute for Charlton to have their first shot on target when Steven Sessegnon's swerving strike from distance needed beating away by Jamie Cumming.

But he had no chance when Payne broke the deadlock on the hour mark by whipping a superb finish into the far corner from Jesurun Rak-Sakyi's lay-off, ensuring the Addicks bounced back from Saturday's 6-0 hammering at Ipswich.

The Addickted have been commenting on social media that Payne is an underrated player who should be used more.

Dean Holden saw it as the perfect response to last Saturday's drubbing at Ipswich and said it was a committed performance by players which saw the first clean sheet since February: https://londonnewsonline.co.uk/dean-holden-win-at-milton-keynes-is-perfect-response-after-weekend-drubbing-at-ipswich/

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