Solly good show
Leyton Orient 1 Charlton Athletic 3
A Charlton performance to warm your heart tonight in East London. After a decent first half with the ball being played along the floor more than is normally expected in Div 3, we held a 1-0 lead but after the break the O’s cranked up the pressure and ex-Addick Scott McGleish scored against us again and then within minutes for the second league game in a row we were reduced to 10 men.
Dailly’s second yellow was clumsy and with 30 minutes left I was sat at my desk thinking a point would be a good result. However Doherty and particularly Llera showed great resolve heading and kicking every cross away whilst in front of them Racon and McCormack formed a human shield.
Abbott ran his socks off and Martin was a clever outlet but it was Scott Wagstaff, disappointing in the two games so far who caused the damage with a finish that Super Clive would have been proud off to put us surprisingly back in front. Then a fantastic burst of pace down the right by Waggy deep into injury time ended with an inviting cross to be met by a jubilant Chris Solly to end proceedings.
Most of us were no doubt surprised by Solly’s omission, but Francis did add some added height and steel at the back, but it was wonderful to watch in the television replay the run that Solly made to get his first touch and confidently fire into the back of the net.
With arguably our two best players suspended the squad looks even more lightweight but with more signings on the horizon, this side built by Parky is already getting many of us bursting with pride and promise.
It’s been a long week and I’m off to bed to dream of 10 men, 3 points and a league table with a beautiful name perched on top of it.
Addicks at Brisbane Road: Doctor Kish; Addicks Diary; Charlton Casual; Drinking During the Game;
CA fact: Tonight was Christian Dailly’s first red card since January 1997.
Got to say I found the whole experience an ordeal CA – until the third went in! I don’t like watching us on the box at all – much rather be there and sing. And the commentary team got right up my nose. They just didn’t want us to win at all. “Dion ,how did Charlton perform in that half?”. “Not too well, the commitment from Dawson was superb, Orient this blaa, blaa Orient that..”
My son as usual summed up well. We’ve won two games with our best two players having been sent off. Some achievement.
I think Orient were the better side in the first half and start of the second. On the plus side I think Lee Martin adds a very exciting dimension up front with Pawel or Akpo. And Scotty can still keep the wide right berth.
Nie one Chicago: much as I saw it.
However, when Francis came on as a late sub v’ Bournemoth I was quite excited by his size alone (and aimilarity in appearance to Herman).
However, I was a little disappointed as he does not seem to stay sufficiently tight to his winger and his distribution (apart from the cross for the goal) is not that clever.
I agree his height should come in handy providing he heads with the authority that his height should enable (though like Sodje I’m not sure he does).
I hope it does not stunt the development of Solly or give him the ‘umbridge like some other players who feel they have not been given much of an opportunity.
I also felt the commentary was…shall we say, slanted…by the “side kick”, even when the commentator mentioned Charlton his answer swung it roung to Orient this, Orient that… The mention of Sodje’s bad pass in the BBC programme summed it all up, as he wasn’t even on the pitch at the time!
I’ve recorded it, so I can watch it from distance, in the cold light of day…having watched it on the night in not such a cool atmosphere!
Being only the second game this team have played, and with some coming in only hours before, I thought they proved themselves…the sprinkling of youth and experience…yes, I’m satisfied for the coming fight.
Su, I watched the game on an internet feed and I assumed the commentary was from an Orient Player site or something because it was so biased, but from what you and others said I think it was actually the Sky commentary. Shocking really.