Huddersfield Town 3 Charlton Athletic 1
Not a wholly unsurprising defeat for us today in West Yorkshire. The omens weren’t good when my son and I tuned in and found out that 20-year old Ross Worner was in goal, with Robbie Elliot complaining of back spasms filling a place on the visitor’s bench.
It has been a daunting start to Worner’s Addicks’ career and despite sounding as if we were having a decent first half the ex-Woking keeper rushed out of his goal twice in two late first half minutes, once conceding and then just about avoiding to give a penalty away, only to see the resulting corner fly past him from a header.
Half-time and a game pretty much over that for 40 minutes we appeared to have the upper hand in. In the second half we just didn’t appear to have enough about us to get back into the game and unsettle a seemingly nervous crowd. Even Abbott had a golden opportunity to give us an exciting last 10 minutes seconds before Roberts got Huddersfield’s killer 3rd, but fluffed it after doing all of the hard work.
The stats make sorry reading with us only having one shot on target (compared to Huddersfield’s seven) and that the deflected consolation goal for debutant Matt Fry.
Our failure to control games has already become apparent in the five that we have played and one can only hope that Parky and Murray can address this before the transfer deadline on Monday evening. Losing games in this league is something I feel we will need to get used to this season, but adding some firepower and creativity will hopefully ensure that we can compete at the right end of the table.
One of the 405 Addicks at the Galpharm Stadium: Doctor Kish;
CA fact: Ross Worner has now conceding 10 goals in 3 appearances in a Charlton shirt.