Charlton Athletic 5 Cardiff City 4
What a crazy-arsed game that was, a throwback to the days of Hales, Flanagan, Peacock and Powell when we had to often score 5 to win!
On election night in America the swing-ometer was working overtime at The Valley with the electronic scoreboard (Fiiiiiiiiiish!) full of goals and yellow cards. But 6 minutes of injury time? Give me a break.
At 0-2 we feared the worse and to pull back a goal before the half was a bonus ball, but to get another was like 5 numbers. The skipper playing like a man possessed in the middle of the midfield, where he has to play, getting both of the goals.
The overwhelming memory of the half for me was not getting back to my desk at half-time and finding out is wasn’t 1-2, but the noise coming out from The Valley in support of Chris Powell. It made my heart smile and I hope it did Chrissy’s too.
2nd half it sounded like every time we attacked we scored. We had forgotten that we were playing the top of the table side, and it proved that a little bit of attacking with gay abandon does no harm. It must have been an absolute cracker of a game to be at.
Danny Haynes appeared to be key to our attacking successes and it was great to see him playing. I really think he can thrive at this level if he can stay injury free. Also I was very pleased to see Hulse score again.
Of course letting in 4 for the second time in a week at home is a worry but the defence has been heavily tinkered with due to injuries and once we can settle it down again I still believe it is one of our biggest strengths. An on-loan left back is required though.
Those dying seconds I didn’t dare blink. Only at Charlton eh? But what a precious 3 points and a memorable performance. Chrissy Powell’s Red Army!
Addick Bloggers at The Valley: Drinking During the Game; Blackheath Addick; Charlton Casualty; Hungry Ted; Stickleback; Doctor Kish; Mike’s Meanderings; Albury Addick; God, Charlton and Punk Rock; Exiled Addick.
Powell-ometer: Apparently Powell only had 16 fit players to choose from tonight. I don’t like Morrison at right back but not sure what other choices he had, especially as he wanted to have Kerkar further forward. A superlative 3 points, even though CP will be inwardly furious that we conceded 4 goals again. He would also have been left in no doubt the groundswell of support there is for him from the fans.
Elsewhere: Palace went top after dismantling Ipswich at home 5-0, Forest put pay to Boro’s run holding them to a goalless draw at the City Ground, but Mowbray’s side stay 2nd. Hull beat Wolves 2-1 and Blackburn succumbed to a last minute equaliser at Huddersfield, although Jordan Rhodes did score. Brighton won for the first time in 8 games after a late Stephen Dobbie goal beat Peterborough, Derby beat Barnsley 2-0 and Blackpool had a good win at Sheffield Wednesday. Birmingham beat Bristol City and Charlie Austin scored his 20th goal of the season as the Clarets beat Leeds 1-0. Watford v Millwall and Bolton v Leicester were goalless.
Amazing game, and a huge boost for Powell. Hopefully a turning point in home form and a slap in the face for the boo-boys. COYA
It’s amazing what adversity can do. And fantastic supporters.
It was indeed an amazing game to be at. I arrived with little hope and high expectations of a heavy defeat. At 0 2 you can imagine my despair. What struck me most was the covered ends unrelenting support for Sir Chris – the proverbial 12th man. Well done one and all…
I was in that briiliant stand almost next to the drummer! What an atmosphere and a result. It was all worth the travel from Bermuda to be at this game.Before the kick off of the two home games I went to I would have happily taken 2 points before a ball was kicked. However to get 3 was a big bonus. C.P.R.A. for ever!
Keith, fantastic that you were there. One to live long in the memory I am sure. See you at the next Bermuda Addicks get together.