Charlton Athletic 1 Swansea City 2
This is a tough bloody week for the Addicks, and I’ll think we’ll welcome the international break much more than we did last time when it broke our stride.
No need for silly over-reaction’s to last night’s defeat. Swansea have lost just once this season, and are unbeaten on the road and have a steely defensive with pace up front that will give them every chance of promotion come May.
Yet, we matched them in many ways yesterday, the only difference that the Swans were better in possession, neater and more protective of the ball, as we turned it over too many times. Our young, and still new team will get better at that for sure.
It was a dream start when Jonathan Leko scored after 65 seconds. For the next quarter of an hour we carried the upper hand with the Valley rocking, but with André Ayew, who has 84 caps for Ghana, looking dangerous, a deflected Yan Dhanda brought Swansea level.
The rest of the half was pretty even with few chances at either end.
In the 2nd half Kosovan international Celina was a constant pacy threat, and in the 65th minute Ayew stabbed home from a Grimes’ corner, the Addicks conceding from another set piece.
Bow threw Aneke and Williams on as we went in search of a deserved point. Forster-Caskey also made a rare appearance in place of an injury-carrying Purrington in an attacking move. Aneke had a penalty shout, Bonne had half a chance and a Pearce header caused a melee before the referee ended the game.
Addicks at The Valley: Doctor Kish;
Bow: “We played against a good Swansea side. They move the ball well, we limited them and were just as good as them but from the set piece we didn’t win the first contact, then we didn’t win the second contact and it’s cost us.”
Elsewhere: It was a full week in The Championship. Swansea topped Leeds who bounced back to beat West Brom Tuesday night. Huddersfield won late at Stoke to put Nathan Jones job in total jeopardy. The big weekly winners were Cardiff who put three past QPR and Fulham who won 4-1 at Reading. There were lots of draws though. Boro and Preston was 1-1 as was Luton and Millwall, Brentford and Bristol City and Blackburn and Forest. Barnsley clawed a point from Derby, whilst Wigan beat Birmingham 1-0 as did Hull at home to Sheffield Wednesday.