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Oldham Athletic 3 Charlton Athletic 4

Andy Nelson would’ve been proud..

One for the oldies that. A swashbuckling performance but leaving gaps at the back to keep it interesting up at Oldham yesterday. According to one observer we played like a troupe of red arrows for the first half hour but after that it was a little bit of a circus troupe as we let Oldham back in. Nonetheless for those Addicks who made the trip I’m sure it was a very enjoyable day out in Lancashire and they were witness to another fine 3 points for Robinson’s side. 

We dominated early and unusually got our just rewards. Not once but twice as Ricky Holmes opened the scoring with a 30-yard scorcher. It might be worth the Valley Pass season fee alone that. Then the impressive Fosu scored his first Addicks goal and performed an apple for the teacher like knee slide. 21 minutes gone and all good.

But then an apparent dubious penalty brought the Latics back into it, and we somewhat fell apart a bit before half-time. Amos and a clearance off the line saving us from going in at the break level.

2nd half and more of the same and Oldham equalized after Bauer and Pearce got in each other’s way. Not the stealthiness of a red arrow troupe for sure.

However the tide turned again when Ousmane Fane was sent off. Fane had come on as an early sub and sounded dangerous, but after attacking Solly studs up, he walked.

Fosu then set up Clarke, who has had an excellent start to his Charlton career, who calmly stroked home to put us back in front 3-2. Amongst the shaking of many heads on transfer deadline day, mine included, the Official Site ran a story of Joe Dodoo’s knack of scoring debut goals and sure enough the headline makers dream duly obliged. The 22-year loanee raced clear after an Oldham mistake and finished one-on-one, something that KAG, who Dodoo had replaced, had failed to do earlier. 

There will was still more time for a final pantomime last act as Oldham pulled another goal back to give us all an uncomfortable last 10 minutes. There was the obligatory 5 minutes added whilst the rest of the games ended but we hung on to claim a 4th league win in five. 

After a couple of seasons of meh, I’m actually now looking at the league table. 

Quote: “We were like the red arrows at time.”
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