Monday, February 02, 2009

Turf Luck…

Burnley 2 Charlton Athletic 1

It’s tough to blog about games like this; games where we do all we can to win pints but succumb to the decisive goal well into injury time (and not for the first time this season either!). It seems that we do have a somewhat familiar story, in that Charlton played well in the first half, and held the lead at the interval, but painfully inevitably, goals were conceded in a one sided last 45 minutes.

Nicky Bailey scored the Charlton goal – his sixth for the Addicks this season – in the 43rd minute, stroking home after good wing play by Tom Soares. Charlton had started in a 4-4-2 formation, with Chris Dickson getting his first Charlton start. Also playing for the first time was recent loan signing Darren Ward, who had a mega baptism trying to keep the Claret hordes at bay during the second period. Matt Holland played alongside Ward in central defence (and also had a decent game by all accounts), and Graeme Murty was just about fit enough to play at right back. The rest of the team were as expected.

It was Burnley substitute Steven Thompson who equalised with just fourteen minutes left, and he also knocked in a similar winner – turning home at the far post – well past the ninety minute mark. It was tough luck on Rob Elliott in goal, who had performed first half miracles in keeping the Addicks in the match.

Sadly, losses like this are not good enough in Charlton’s fight to stay in this division, and only get compounded when any of those directly above the Addicks do gain points, as was the case.

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You didn't manage to attract a huge financial benefactor on your travels then. This seems the only way out of the current plight. If they invest next season the perhaps we can improve. At present, this will be in the next tier down and that a depressing thought!!!!!
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