Sunday, October 21, 2007

Beeby Minus

Wolverhampton Wanderers 2
Charlton Athletic 0

Bang goes the unbeaten run, as Wolves beat Charlton convincingly with two second half goals. The first goal was scored by Charlton reject Jay Bothroyd, who turned in a cross at the near post a mere 25 seconds into the second period, and the game was wrapped up five minutes from time when Karl Henry decided to emulate his namesake Thierry and score against the Addicks.

Alan Pardew went into the game with an unchanged starting eleven, but Chris Powell soon picked up a game-ending knock. This required the back line to be re-arranged with Sodje coming in on the right side and Mills playing on the left. Chances came for Varney, Iwelumo, and Ambrose, but the Wolves goalkeeper had only one real save to make before half time.

All the plans for the second half push went out of the window as soon as Bothroyd scored, and although Charlton tried to chase the game, they had no luck in getting breakthough. Todorov and Thomas came on in search of the goal, but it just wan't to be. Referee Beeby didn't do the Addicks any favours and, according to Pardew, allowed Wolves to "rough us up."

The result is a setback for the Addicks, and knocks us down to third place (behind Bristol City), even though many other results went in our favour (WBA and Coventry losing for instance). The game was against a decent side, away from home; of more concern is how the team bounce back on Tuesday against another team who have ridden high up the league table (Plymouth) and who will be wanting to extend Charlton's winless streak (now two games long!). With injuries to the the left back position (Powell, Thatcher) becoming worrying, this could lead to Mills getting an extended run on that side of the pitch with Moutaouakil brought back in on the right, or even potential left back outings for Aswad Thomas or Grant Basey.

Thus ended a very poor week sport-wise for English Charlton fans, following the England football team getting beaten in Russia in midweek, and the rugby lads losing the World Cup Final to South Africa. Hopefully Lewis Hamilton can restore some British pride in the grand prix tonight and become a World Champion and then Charlton can return to winning ways on Tuesday?

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