Charlton Athletic 0 Blackburn Rovers 2
Disappointing today. Another football for a fiver and another defeat.. that’s six in a row!
We just were not at the races, beaten by a better team who comfortably worked us out and took easy advantage in the first half and put it in cruise control for the second.
We started well, first ten minutes, but then went behind. A deflection helping Buckley score after he wandered around the edge of our box unmarked. I thought before that they should have had a penalty too. Pearce too often bundles his man down and gives referees easy decisions to make. This one went in our favour.
We were 2-0 down eight minutes later to silence a packed Valley even further. Another set-piece, and another goal conceded. Valley Pass was having a nightmare keeping up, but frankly it didn’t look like I was missing much.
A change of formation at half-time with Matt Smith replacing Pearce. As Bow said we huffed and puffed but even with Storm Dennis’ help we weren’t even able to blow a matchstick house down.
A couple of Taylor free-kicks aside, the game petered out with no one in a red shirt having the quality to spark us into life.
Classic Charlton today, and a shot across the bow to those Addicks getting over-excited about the remainder of the season after Tuesday. This is a tough and crazy division that can throw up all kinds of results. Anything less than 100%, and then that result will rarely be positive.
Addicks at The Valley: Blackheath Addick;
Bow: “Tony [Mowbray] is a very good experienced manager and he’s got his players to come here and do a good job on us and they did it well. They leave here with three points and they deserve it.”
Elsewhere: Other than Stoke all the teams around us gained points. Barnsley had the result of the day winning 3-0 at Fulham. Luton won 1-0 at Middlesbrough, whilst Wigan and Middlesbrough drew 2-2 and Huddersfield snatched a point at Derby. QPR beat Stoke 4-2.