Charlton Athletic 1 Brentford 0
On Wednesday night, to steal from Lee Bowyer, we battered Forest. Today the battering was on the other foot, but heroic defending, and total commitment saw us gather another 3 points to our early unforeseen total.
8 points above the relegation zone, it’s how I’m looking at it, and another wonderful Valley occasion as second best throughout we showed another side to our game. If Wednesday was about slick passing and movement, today was about blood and guts with the back three of Lockyer, Pearce and Pratley immense and Duracell bunny Lapslie and Purrington leaving no blade of glass unturned.
Oshilaja was taken off as a precaution, but it sounded like we were more water tight with three at the back as we matched them man for man. The stats weren’t pretty but there will be plenty of games this season when we will be outplayed.
Williams with another assist and Gallagher with another undaunted finish. Four years younger than Cullen, Gallagher looks some player.
Whilst Williams and Pearce benefited from not starting on Wednesday, it clearly affected others such as Leko and Taylor. Tomer Hemed made his debut and made an instant impression. The strength of character and body that we need.
Those last few minutes I was gnawing through my finger nails. Brentford are a good footballing side, maybe short of a striker, and that’s another story, but they have top six credentials.
Bowyer and Jacko would have learnt a lot today from that performance. We need to be more consistent in possession, but when the team is that committed and together, we will always have a chance.
Addicks at The Valley: Charlton Aesthetic; Doctor Kish;
Bow: “They do that every time. They did the same last season, that’s why we got promotion. We give everything whether we’re winning or losing, they still keep going and going. They never know when they’re beaten.”
Elsewhere: Leeds looking good on top piling more pressure today on Nathan Jones as they win 3-0 at Stoke. To prove how good our performance was on Wednesday Forest stopped Fulham in their tracks winning 2-1 at Craven Cottage. Luton won for the first time at Barnsley, Millwall drew at Middlesbrough and QPR beat Wigan. Huddersfield lost at home to Reading, who had a very good week.