Charlton Athletic 2 Cardiff City 2
It was a good, open game for the Sky cameras, but we can’t afford to give away two-goal leads, but in the end we have to be pleased to take a point and after their second I was happy to see us go for it and try to get the winner.
We started slowly but took the lead with our first real attack. Gallagher showing great awareness and desire to continue his run into the box and slot home after Leko missed a pass from Bonne, who deserved the assist.
We relaxed after and got the passing game going as the Covered End turned the volume up.
We got lucky midway through the 1st half when the referee waved away a very worthy penalty appeal from the Welshmen.
Oztumer was playing well and he drove forward in the 42nd minute and waited and waited as Gallagher and Bonne ran left and right, he then picked out Leko’s run, who hadn’t done much right previously, but the WBA loanee finished with aplomb.
Cardiff were bound to come out with a rocket up them but when Phillips saved Hoilett’s soft penalty, a correct decision I thought, I think we thought it was going to be our day, but Cardiff got some luck when the ball bounced around our box and Mendez-Laing made it 2-1.
One of those classic moments when I feel if we could kept them out for another 10 minutes we’d have gone on to win comfortably.
Josh Cullen was then carried off as the injury crisis worsened. That was a big blow but Albie Morgan did really well when he came on. We had a couple of half chances after that but Cardiff got their equalizer when sub Tomlin fired home through Deji’s legs wrong footing Phillips.
I feared the worse sat at home in the kitchen and the game was wide open with chances at either end. Yet we again more than played our part despite a squad ravaged by injuries and three 19-year olds on the pitch. Alfie Doughty was a real handful on both sides, and Oztumer kept probing and both teams could have scored in injury time.
We just need to weather this period, we have points on the board and we will get Field and Taylor back shortly plus one or two others. We have been competitive, although sometimes naive, which is to be expected, and have made our mark. Plenty of ups and downs to come.
Addicks at The Valley: Doctor Kish.
Bow: “Disappointing. Got to start with that. To be two up at HT and not come away with a point”