Charlton Athletic 1 Accrington Stanley 0
That game had it all. Well only after the 82nd minute.
We didn’t play well, and were unable to get any luck from Stanley’s big back four. The game descended into a niggle contest in the last half hour and with 10 minutes to go a mass brawl followed an Addicks corner. No one seemed to know who the guilty and innocent parties were, but one of the lino’s called it and the referee sent off Stanley keeper Maxted and Lyle Taylor, who from what I have seen and heard, spent the whole incident face down on the floor.
Bowyer said they will appeal, which rarely ever works, and Taylor will be a huge loss for three games.
With the game into injury time, just 5 minutes which seemed ridiculous, the games only takeaway was Taylor’s sending off and how much we will miss him. Then a Reeves shot hit a Stanley player’s arm and we were awarded a penalty. Cue more chaos as Accrington’s players, Hughes in particular, lost their marbles.
I made a cup of tea (with very shaky hands) in the time the kerfuffle took to calm down before Karlan Grant, with nerves of steel, put the penalty away in the top corner. He wheeled away to celebrate with a dozen Addicks who had joined from the Covered End.
There were more niggles and kerfuffles happening in the tunnel afterwards as Addicks celebrated with their heroes.
We were not particularly good today, but that was a massive 3 points for Bowyer and his never say die team.
Addicks at The Valley: And Nothing Else Matters; Doctor Kish;
Bow: “Did shape and Albie down to start and Tariqe fell on him. He’s done something to his ankle – going to be out for a while. Another six week one.”
Elsewhere: Leaders Portsmouth lost at Oxford, whilst Luton comfortably beat 10-man Peterborough 4-0. Sunderland drew at Scunthorpe 1-1. Scunny equalizing late. Burton also equalized late at Doncaster, and Barnsley thrashed sorry Wimbledon 4-1.