Gillingham 0 Charlton Athletic 2
Our first win there since 1980, although it’s only been a regular fixture during the Duchatelet era. Bowyer rested Lyle Taylor and Patrick Bauer who were carrying slight knocks. Skipper Jason Pearce, George Lapslie, Darren Pratley and Jonny Williams all came in and JFC, Lewis Page and Alfie Doughty were on the bench.
Over 2,300 Addicks sat amongst the scaffolding behind one goal and cheered and sung the Addicks to a comfortable win with both goals coming in the 1st half.
It was a strong start from the reds and halfway in Purrington cut back for Joe Aribo to put us ahead. Just before the break we were two-up after Williams shot was saved but the ball fell to Cullen who put in for his first Charlton goal.
The 2nd half was comfortable. Ex-Gill Josh Parker came on and was pretty insignificant apart from giving the ball away a couple of times. There were chances for Vetokele and Cullen but the game ended with Addicks fans serenading Bowyer’s men who took the 3 points back up the A2.
Addicks at Priestfield: Doctor Kish;
Bow: “To travel and keep supporting the lads as they have, I really appreciate it and so do the players. I’m glad that they’ve gone home with another victory, singing all the way home I guess.”
Elsewhere: Luton are making hard work of getting themselves up. The Hatters lost at Burton. Barnsley came from behind to beat Blackpool and are level on points in 2nd. Sunderland and Portsmouth shared the points at the Stadium of Life. Both plays their game in hand on Tuesday. Sunderland at Fleetwood and Pompey at home to Peterborough, who need to win. Posh were thrashed at Walsall today 3-0. Doncaster edged to 6th place with a draw at Oxford.