Saturday 27 January 2024

Acceptable result or poor performance?

There have been two reactions from fans to yesterday's draw at Blackpool.   One is that it was a good result against a side with a decent home record.   The other was that the performance was poor and Charlton certainly rode their lick in the first half.

With Curtis Fleming in interim charge following Michael Appleton's sacking in midweek, the Addicks were seeking a first win since November and both sides traded early chances.

Hayden Coulson saw an effort blocked on the line before Dan Grimshaw saved brilliantly at the other end from Freddie Ladapo's header.

Ekpiteta headed inches wide and Jordan Rhodes could not quite squeeze the ball over the line after charging down Ashley Maynard-Brewer's clearance.

Kyle Joseph then saw an effort cleared superbly by visiting defender Lucas Ness, via his own post, and the woodwork came to Charlton's rescue again shortly after the restart when the Blackpool striker thumped a shot against the crossbar.

The Seasiders broke the deadlock when Karamoko Dembele met Albie Morgan's pass before drilling the ball low into the corner.

But Charlton levelled in the 69th minute when Alfie May's shot took a wicked deflection off Ekpiteta and beat the unlucky Grimshaw.

May came closest to a late winner, but both sides had to settle for a point.   May has said that Charlton's players must take ownership of their poor performances:

Nearly 800 Addicks were there.   Those travelling by train had an awful journey back as recalled by Louis Mendez on Twitter.  

Interim boss Curtis Fleming praised the endevbour of the players:

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