Saturday 2 March 2024

Sickfields for Charlton

After Zidane scored for Charlton in four minutes, but a second half defensive error involving keeper Harry Isted cost the Addicks all three points against Northampton this afternoon.  Isted held up hands in apology to the Addickted after the game.

Charlton had four shots on target to one for the Cobblers.  They had six corners to three.   It's an away point, but it feels a bit like a defeat.

The away end was sold out at Sixfields as Charlton fans queued for the one available turnstile.

If they had held on to the lead, Charlton would have advanced to 15th but are now 18th, ahead of Cambridge and Shrewsbury on goal difference.   Port Fail lost at Derby, Fleetwood beat Wigan 4-2, Reading won at Carlisle and Cheltenham drew 0-0 with Burton.  Shropshire's finest lost 0-2 at home to Blackpool.   Cambridge lost 2-0 at Bolton.

Charlton took an early lead when Karoy Anderson repaid the confidence of Nathan Jones and poked the ball home via a deflection inside the opening five minutes.

In a first half of few clear cut chances, Tyreece Simpson shot over after some good work by Kieron Bowie while Thierry Small and Alfie May both tested Louie Moulden. Bowie also had a half chance but couldn’t get a clean strike on the ball after Simpson closed down a clearance from the Charlton keeper.

The Shoe Army sang 'Premier League, you ****ed it up, but the Addickted replied 'Premier League, you'll never sing that.'

With the game approaching the hour-mark, Mitch Pinnock fired into the side netting from an acute angle just before Sam Hoskins and Louis Appere came on in a double change.

The game was still in the balance but Charlton went close to making it 2-0 when Alfie May headed against the post with Tennai Watson unable to find the target on the follow-up. May then looked certain to convert a chance at the back post only to be denied by n interception from Sam Sherring.

Louis Appere equalised for the Cobblers with ten minutes to play, the substitute capitalising on a defensive mix-up from Charlton to tap home into an empty net. The goal boosted the Cobblers and with momentum switched Jack Sowerby fired just over from distance but in the end both sides had to settle for a point.    Eight extra minutes were played: Charlton games are always one of the last to finish.

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