Gillingham 1 Charlton Athletic 1
Funny game that.
I thought at times we looked sloppy, disjointed and rusty but we generally controlled the game without creating a ton. At other times our passing was crisp and judicious. We missed a penalty, conceded a time-honoured dubious one, but still left a ground we rarely do well at with a point.
The team news was that we again had no centre-halves. Gunter and Pratley having to deputise once more as Inniss was ruled out with injury. Pearce was a welcome sight on the bench. Williams came back from international duty injured.. of course he did, so Morgan started as did Marcus Maddison.
Shinnie, Maddison and Watson all had long distance efforts that each required different levels of skill, but they were our best chances in the first half, although Amos did superbly to keep out a point-blank shot.
We were then awarded a soft penalty, and after Washington got the approval to take it from the sidelines, he saw it saved. The Gills keeper, who the commentary team had down as a weak link, had a very good game.
We dominated the 2nd half but despite a boat load of possession ran out ideas in the final third. Nonetheless we never looked like conceding until out of the blue the referee gave Gillingham a penalty after he consulted with a colleague 40 feet further away!
Minutes before that Bowyer made three substitutes. It was good to see Gilbey back, who had a quick opportunity, but for me it was Aneke and Smyth that swung the game back our way, and they combined to give us a point.
A point I was happy with on what is generally an unappy hunting ground for us.
Bow’s thoughts: “(Bogle) does a lot of the dirty work and tires them out, then Chuks comes on and gets all the glory.”
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