Charlton Athletic 4 Rochdale 0
Who would have thought it. We finish in 3rd place after improving our goal difference to better Portsmouth, who failed to beat Accrington Stanley whilst Sunderland lost at Southend meaning they drop to 5th.
Doncaster held onto 6th so we go there next Sunday with the 2nd leg at The Valley the following Friday.
Bowyer went with a strong team with Taylor, Bielik and Bauer returning. Albie Morgan was in the line up and Josh Parker started up front as Igor missed out to injury.
The Addicks sparkled early as they drove forward to get an early goal. Rochdale were struggling to keep up and in the 19th minute we took the lead. Joe Aribo began and ended the move when he curled into the corner after being set up by Parker.
We streamed forward looking for a second, and it came from a Rochdale player bundling into his own net with Purrington in close attendance. It was three before the half as the impressive Morgan played in Taylor with a delightful ball and Taylor delightfully finished.
Parker almost added another before half-time but the score-line had Addicks reaching out for the play-off permutation spreadsheets over their half time beverage.
Taylor was everywhere, and there were more chances created at the start of the 2nd half, but it was left to Krystian Bielik playing a one-two with Morgan, who finished well to claim the all important 4th goal that propelled us into 3rd place.
Hold tight everyone.
Addicks at The Valley: Doctor Kish;
Bow: “The results went our way, and it was a perfect performance. Obviously, a clean sheet and to score four goals.”
Elsewhere: Luton beat Oxford to claim the title whilst Barnsley lost at Bristol Rovers. Southend stay up after beating Sunderland. Portsmouth and Accrington drew, Peterborough beat Burton but to no avail as Doncaster beat Coventry 2-0 to stay in 6th. Wimbledon drew at Bradford to complete a remarkable survival battle. Plymouth beat Scunthorpe, but both teams went down along with Walsall, who couldn’t beat Shrewsbury.