Charlton Athletic 4 Scunthorpe United 0
The Addicks eased to victory today without ever really needing top gear.
Scunthorpe looked a team struggling, it wasn’t a walkover but they lacked the desperation of a fighter on the ropes. The Iron had their chances but couldn’t make any count whilst Charlton played with a real freedom and in patches played some good attacking stuff to record their best win of the season to date.
Purrington, Sarr and Vetokele were back and Albie Morgan got a chance as Bielik again missed out to injury. Jake Forster-Caskey made a very welcome return on the bench.
Like Friday we were quick out of the gate having a couple of half chances before Taylor played in Anfernee Dijksteel who controlled and finished well to score his first Addicks goal.
Not an awful lot else happened in the first 45 minutes, although just before the break Scunthorpe missed a good chance to go in level.
2nd half was better and from a Reeves corner Aribo headed home to get a key second. Aribo turned provider for the third slipping in Igor who found the net again. Igor was then replaced to a standing ovation. A few minutes later we added a fourth. Lyle Taylor shaped up to a free-kick out wide and finished it with aplomb.
Other than that, Scunthorpe missed another great chance, and JFC got a well received run-out as the Valley was full of Easter cheer. It was a great way to bounce back after Friday’s disappointment.
With two games left, Luton, Portsmouth and Sunderland have three, we are the only team that knows their end of regular season fate.
Addicks at The Valley:
Bow: “I’m over the moon with their character. Friday hurt us a lot. They’ve just come and blown everyone away with that performance.”
Elsewhere: Portsmouth scored late again to claim 3 points, this time at home to Coventry denting the Sky Blues play-off chances. Barnsley won convincingly at Plymouth to stay in 2nd place and Sunderland were held at Peterborough. Luton and Doncaster play tomorrow night against Wimbledon and Accrington respectively.
A good cathartic win – I think our biggest of the year (in the league at least), we’d been threatening to do that to a team for some time. I’m not too distressed about losing to Oxford, our chances of automatic promotion was mathematical and not realistic and we now have two matches where one or two players can be rested ahead of the play-offs while the likes of JFC and maybe Lewis Page can be given some game time. This time last year we flopped over the line like a knackered marathon runner who’s legs have gone and then we were promptly dispatched pretty easily by Shrewsbury. This time we can go into these matches in a better frame of mind.
A fine display all round by the lads. Morgan showed his potential once again despite playing for an hour on the left hand side of the diamond but was able to switch over to his preferred right hand side when Williams replaced Reeves. Vetokele took a knock on his knee early in the game but recovered well.
Three trialists played in the U23s against Burnley last week one namely Luca Vega looked very promising the other two did not impress. This means that two trialists Vega and French,who played in two games recently could be good signings. Sam Keefe,an U18 also looked very good when he played in the U23s about a month ago. All three are central defenders but French and Vega might also be able to play as full backs.