Portsmouth 1 Charlton Athletic 2
What a performance. A game of two halves from the Addicks. The first of quick movement, passing and attacking threat, the 2nd knee deep in the trenches repelling wave after wave of attack.
Last season’s victory at Fratton Park was one of the season’s best memories, and once again in front of a noisy Addicks’ support we beat the league leaders, handing them only their second deafeat of the season, following an immense display in equal measures of ability and backbone.
Bowyer and Jacko got the tactics spot on tonight as we beefed up the defence and in the 1st half kept the ball well and used the pace of Grant and guile of Taylor really well.
Grant put us ahead converting at the back post a low Taylor cross. Unfortunately Grant was struggling with a hamstring injury just before he scored and had to be replaced by Ajose.
Ajose has not had the best of times with us, but his memories of Fratton Park in a Charlton shirt will be long. George Lapslie, a Bowyer mini-me, did great work out wide and got a cross over that Taylor flicked on for Ajose to finish confidently.
A special mention to George Lapslie. He came of age tonight, and Krystian Bielik was excellent as well before going off bloodied and bruised.
As expected Pompey came flying at us in the 2nd half and my heart was in my mouth on many occasions as I listened to the excellent commentary. We were putting everything on the line. Blocking, clearing, tackling with Steer imperious behind the warrior-like back four.
Yet, we were still dangerous on the break and we had two really good chances to put the game to bed. That would have been too easy, and with 2 minutes of normal time left they scored.
We then, literally, limped into 6 minutes of injury time, with players falling all over the shop. Then, in what apparently was a harsh decision, Millwall loanee Ben Thompson was sent off and we managed to see out the extra two minutes of injury time to record another famous win at Fratton Park.
Addicks at Fratton Park:
Bow: “Our crowd didn’t stop singing the whole game. So to come here again and get another result is fantastic and I’m just over the moon for everybody.”