Charlton Athletic 1 Queens Park Rangers 0
Come on you Addicks.
Another resolute and energetic performance today with Darren Pratley heading the early goal from another Josh Cullen corner.
An unchanged line up from Lee Bowyer with Andre Green replacing Erhun Oztumer on the 9-man bench the only change.
It was, as it has been in most games, a slow start, but we won a corner in the 12th minute and Pratley powered a header home which their keeper was unable to keep out. Then for a while we were on top with Cullen, McGeady and Morgan pushing us forward. As the half ended QPR gained some momentum in the possession stakes but didn’t really have a sniff.
That wasn’t quite the truth after the break as Rangers had their best spell, and we needed Dillon Phillips to make a superb save to keep us ahead when he saved from Hugill from close range.
We were happy to sit back but were quick to get forward and Bonne had a header flagged offside after a gut-busting run from the outstanding Adam Matthews. Lockyer also had a header saved and we were getting into some good wide areas.
Bow introduced Alfie Doughty and Chucks Aneke, who were both excellent. Doughty’s pace a deep concern to the West Londoner’s defence and Aneke using his size to be a real handful and holding the ball up really well to give us breathing space.
Purrington replaced Oshilaja, who I thought was very good, and later Green replaced Bonne and Field came on for Morgan, who again was very effective.
The back four all stood strong. QPR were much better than Hull, and have some very skillful players, but we were happy for them to have the ball and for us to chase it, break up play and attack on the break. Fitness and attitude saw us through to another massive 3 points. Get in.
Bow: “The team spirit has always been high, obviously last week’s result helped. This one will give them another lift and it is my job to keep their feet on the ground and let them know we aren’t safe and we have to keep pushing and fighting for every point.”
Their bloke: “They (Charlton) defended with real resilience and aggression, which we knew they would do. Their centre-halves were strong and solid, and we didn’t have the quality to break them down.”
Elsewhere: Hard to predict the scores at the moment. Luton won at Swansea 1-0, Middlesbrough won 2-0 away at Stoke under Neil Warnock and Wigan beat Blackburn 2-0. Hull were 2-0 up at Birmingham but the game ended 3-3. Barnsley and Millwall was 0-0.