Monday, April 12, 2010

One Nil to Errrrr….

Southampton 1 Charlton Athletic 0

It seems that all Charlton’s games at this stage of the season may be 1-0 victories or defeats; after two vital wins, Saturday’s defeat at Southampton was no great surprise, but this result did dent the slight rise in confidence that had been recently apparent.

It wasn’t that bad though, as the Addicks did play well in patches, and had Nicky Bailey - playing in an attacking midfield role behind the lone striker – not found home ‘keeper Davis in such good form, the performance would have won points and not just plaudits. Despite the Saints raining in shots at every opportunity, Charlton had more efforts on target, and won the corner count quite convincingly. However, statistics like these do not matter, it’s the goals that count, and the winner came from Antonio midway through the first half.

With most of the other teams in the mix winning (bar Swindon), the side lost ground in the chase for the second automatic promotion spot, and must now look to confirm their play off place with a result against Colchester tomorrow night. This clash now takes on a vital magnitude, as a loss here, and another against leaders Norwich on Saturday could see the Addicks slip out of the play off places.

And that just doesn’t bear thinking about!

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