Crewe Alexandra 0 Charlton Athletic 2
A solid win at newly promoted Crewe. We weren’t spectacular, but we were mostly comfortable throughout. Good in parts, rusty in others, especially in the passing department, but we have to be pleased with that start.
Bow started with 17-year Charlie Barker at right back, with Lapslie in midfield and Pratley next to Oshilaja in defense. Gilbey and Washington both started. We were 4-3-3 in a patched up team but still had the quality of Williams, Aneke and Morgan to bring on from the bench.
Both Gilbey and Washington had good games, and the Irishman managed to score on his debut scraping home Oshilaja’s brave header just before half-time.
The opener was a better looking goal when Doughty controlled and finished a lovely through ball by the other new boy Gilbey.
Bowyer sounded pretty peed off afterwards and he will demand a lot more. Obviously plenty of room for improvement. Plenty of room for a lot of things, but it’s always a nice feeling to win on opening day.
Bow: “We won 2-0 and we played okay. I do expect us to be a lot better than that.”
Everyone else: Promotion favourites Sunderland were held at home by Bristol Rovers, Peterborough lost at Accrington and Oxford lost at Lincoln. Hull won 2-0 at Gillingham, Plymouth beat Blackpool and Fleetwood beat Burton 2-1. Swindon beat Rochdale 3-1 and Portsmouth and Shrewsbury, Doncaster and MK Dons and Northampton and AFC Wimbledon each shared the points.