Charlton Athletic 2 Wigan Athletic 2
Torture isn’t it? No one ever said supporting this football club was going to be easy. Ever.
When the fixtures came out over a year ago, we all collectively sighed ‘I hope we don’t have to go to Elland Road needing something?’ Well, slow forward 12 months and here we are.
Yesterday’s game was such a rollercoaster. We went down a goal early, even then the ball bounced around as if Phillips had some kind of force field on the goal line before it was bundled in by Lowe.
I feared the worst, I think we all probably did. Yet, back the Addicks came.
Two minutes later Doughty firing home a volley after a raking Matthews cross. This sparked some excellent attacking play from Charlton. Sarr headed wide, perhaps should have done better. Bonne definitely should have done better one-on-one, then a big penalty shout, again ignored and a goalmouth scramble from a Cullen cross that was kept out.
Wigan changed their formation to match ours, we were really on top as the half approached. Yet despite all the good play, and chances, it was Wigan who shook the net again. A crisp break, pinpoint cross, and fine finish from Dowell put Wigan back in front. They made it look so easy, whereas we make scoring look like a Rubik’s Cube. 😩
Half-time. Could we score two for the first time since lockdown? A win would have been heavenly, a point a necessity, a defeat the death knell.
Bowyer brought Williams and Morgan on at the break, then Aneke replaced the young Davison, who had given his all, and Aneke immediately was causing a nuisance.
Yet, as I sat at my computer, head on the desk, a sense of doom was drifting over me. I thought we looked down and out, shorn of ideas and chances. Plenty of trademark huffing and puffing, but little sign of a match-winner or creative spark.
We kept going. Seven minutes of injury time shown on the screen. Another Matthews cross, flicked on my Aneke, and there was Bonne, who perhaps mercifully had little time to dwell on the pass, and swept the ball home past Marshall.
A lifeline, and amongst the infinite scenarios, we are still in the fight.
Let the torture continue!
Bow said: “I have a group there that will keep fighting and keep pushing and I just wish we’d had a bit of luck here and there.”
Elsewhere: Stoke are safe after beating Brentford the morning after West Brom lost to Huddersfield, who then sack their manager. Middlesbrough lose at home to Cardiff and Birmingham at Preston. In the big one yesterday for 85 minutes the 0-0 looked on, but Lua Lua scored to give Luton the 3 points at Hull. Today for 93 minutes the result looked like going in our favour but Schmidt gave Barnsley their own lifeline by beating play-off chasing Forest in injury time.