Charlton Athletic 3 Luton Town 1
Lovely. A vitally important 3 points today.
After an even first half we produced a dominant second led by captain for the day and all-round paladin Lyle Taylor who gave everything and scored twice.
One of those goals was perfection, even down to the boos from the away fans just as he hit sumptuous half volley into the far corner of the net. This after controlling a difficult ball from behind him before teeing it up to fire us into the lead.
Unfortunately that lead lasted just two minutes as Cornick slotted home in the box after Davis gave him the ball.
Naby Sarr also hit the bar when it was goalless, but it was evenly balanced at the break.
Early in the 2nd half Green should have scored after a peach of a cross from Taylor. That may have been crucial, especially if the next big incident went against us. Fortunately it did not.
Luton had a goal disallowed for offside. No VAR no cigar. Although there was a flare.
Just after, Oshilaja made way for the returning George Lapslie, and this turned out to be a pivotal moment in the game. Five minutes later a corner is worked to Lapslie on the edge of the box, whose shot hits a Hatters’ arm. Penalty.
Half hour later Taylor had strolled into the box and sent the ‘keeper the wrong way to put us ahead in front of a rabid, but relieved Covered End.
After, we continued to control proceedings with Lapslie dominant in the middle, allowing Davis to drop to defensive lynchpin giving Cullen more freedom to roam and dictate.
Bonne then joined the field and made an instant impact. In a tight space Lapslie found Bonne, who twisted and turned and returned to ball to George to score a huge 3rd. What a fantastic afternoon for Lapslie.
Great win, huge three points. Come on!
Addicks at The Valley:
Bow: “George brings you energy and willingness and fight and he’s improving in possession as well. I brought him on to go and do exactly what he did; to win the ball back and get in the box.”
Elsewhere: Barnsley won again, at home to Middlesbrough. An own goal gave Wigan the 3 points over Millwall and Stoke beat Cardiff 2-0. Huddersfield were beaten at Swansea 3-1 and Hull lost at Preston 2-1.