Blackpool 0 Charlton Athletic 1
This evening the newly put together Addicks squad proved they can do it on a chilly Tuesday night by the seaside as we left the Lancastrian coast with all three points.
The performance was once again a long, long way from perfect but there were encouraging signs. Ryan Inniss and Akin Famewo were dominant at the back against a good forward three for Blackpool. I thought Andrew Shinnie and Chris Gunter were more on point, and Alfie was once again a live wire, night cap and all.
However it was Ian Maatsen and Chuks Aneke who caught the eye. Maatsen came on at the break and hustled up and and down the left side, and we had much more attacking intent when Aneke replaced Omar Bogle just after the hour.
On 83 minutes it was the young Dutchman who put in a deep pinpoint cross for Alfie to head back for Aneke to head in that gave us the all important winning goal.
Before that we had a goal disallowed long after we had all celebrated. Bogle probably was offside when he waggled his foot at an Inniss header destined for the net, but if Bogle did touch it then both the linesman and referee didn’t think so until they had a revisionist moment. Guess once, guess twice as Bowyer would say.
We saw out the rest of the game and injury time comfortably to get another win under our belts.
The negative was how lacklustre we were after Blackpool had a player sent off in the 2nd minute. You could not tell we had a man advantage and Ben Purrington was an accident waiting to happen. A bit like Ben Watson. That is now five yellows in five games. He still looks a long way off the pace and he and Pratley’s joint presence is not appealing.
Nonetheless the three points are. Nice one lads. Safe trip home.
Bow’s thought’s: “I’m pleased for Chuks because he’s really starting to come alive in that strikers role.”
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