Charlton Athletic 3 Stoke City 1
I love this team. Lee Bowyer’s team. Well, team’s because this is the second one he has had to build. Bowyer and his coaching team, and not forgetting miracle worker Steve Gallen, have put together a group of players of such energy and gusto. They are almost rewriting the ‘Charlton way’. Look at that picture of Conor Gallagher. He’s only been here just over a week. The personality of this team is to die for. It really is.
If Blackburn was a test of where we find ourselves then today was a test of how we can compete in this division. Sure there were moments when we were sloppy in possession and we rode our luck a couple of times when Stoke missed chances they perhaps should’ve scored. But, from the commentary anyway, we played with a real zest and purpose. We took our chances and put bodies on the line.
I said the other day that Lyle Taylor defines this team. He didn’t appear to miss a beat today, and scored, and made an assist. Bowyer and Jackson are young enough to understand what he went through this week. That’s going to still be important.
I can’t wait to watch Conor Gallagher in the flesh. He sounds a player. Jonathan Leko appeared to be everything that Bowyer described him as, and had a very good debut. Josh Cullen was back pulling the strings, Jonny Williams belongs in this division.
Bowyer as he does more and more often, changed formation mid-game. That takes vision and bravery, and he has players now that can help him do that. Chuks Aneke came off the bench and scored. Can’t ask for more than that.
Leader Jason Pearce again sounded excellent. Pratley tireless, the full backs 7/10.. it’s Purrington’s middle name.
Today was an awesome result, Stoke under Nathan Jones still seem a work in progress, but they are stocked of proper good Championship players. It’s been a quite a week. Sleep well tonight Lee.
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Bow: “But he said: ‘No. I’m ready – I want to play. I’m here to score goals and win games’. He was no different – he gave me and the team everything. It was just like another Lyle Taylor day, wasn’t it?”
Elsewhere: Sheffield Wednesday are the other team to win both of their games. They beat Barnsley in the Yorkshire derby 2-0. Cardiff got a late winner to beat Luton 2-1, Blackburn lost again, at Fulham, Hull beat Reading 2-1, Preston beat Wigan 3-0 and Brentford won at Middlesbrough, for whom Djiksteel came on as a 2nd half sub. The other games were all draws with Millwall getting a good point at WBA. Karlan Grant scored for Huddersfield in their share of the spoils with QPR.