Plymouth Argyle 0 Charlton Athletic 2
Plymouth is always a tough place to go, and if ever the Pilgrims can be decent for a whole season they are sure to be promotion challengers, and the boys in retro red and black navigated some choppy waters down in the West Country today but returned home with all three points.
The Addicks struggled to contain a very attack-minded Argyle first half, not helped by a referee who was on a mission to book every Charlton player. We’d had three in the book before a returning Bielik fouled the dangerous Lameiras to give away a penalty late in the first period.
However Dillon Phillips stood strong and despite diving to his left he beat Carey’s centrally placed kick out with his foot.
In the next attack we scored. Solly’s perfect delivery was handsomely headed home by Lyle Taylor and incredibly we were ahead.
Fast forward past a half-time orange and we were 2-0 up. This time Jonny Williams the provider, and Igor smuggled home. Media outlets were claiming it an own goal, but I really hope Igor can claim it.
Igor has given everything since his long lay off but his positional and timing around the box is improving all the time. As is his partnership with Taylor.
After that it was left to the radio to sing to the tune of the travelling Addicks as we safely saw out the rest of the game.
Bielik was taken off as a precaution Bowyer described it, but we do need to nurse him a little. But there’s no nursing Dillon Phillips, who again was a rock, and without his penalty save the journey to three points may have been a little more treacherous.
Addicks at Home Park:
Bow: “I’m loving my time here and the fans were unreal again today. To be fair to Plymouth, one of their members of staff came up to me and said ‘I have to tell you that your fans were outstanding from start to finish today,’ and that’s great to hear.”
Elsewhere: Sunderland got a late winner at Rochdale, Portsmouth won 3-2 at Wycombe. Barnsley lost at Burton and Luton were held by Blackpool. Below us both Doncaster and Peterborough won.
Another good result but once again we were slow starters, all reports say Plymouth were the best side in the first half. This aspect of our game needs to improve.
Hackett-Fairchild has been playing well at Bromley but was injured yesterday by colliding with a post let’s hope it’s not serious. Albie Morgan played very well in the U23s against Hull and must be back in the match squad soon, he played in front of the back four in the holding role rather than the right hand side of a diamond. A very promising performance. A trialist Tyler French played as a central defender and looked very useful.
Following my comments last week about mistakes by Premiership Goalkeepers Lloris, added his name to the list last week.
Correction-The U23 game should have read Millwall the Hull game was the previous week.