Wigan Athletic 0 Charlton Athletic 1
If Saturday was a head on car crash then tonight was of one of parallel parking where you get the car in the space without accident even though it is not very straight!
Tonight was not about the aesthetics, it was about the win and secondly it was about the desire to get that win.
Well, the Reds achieved both. 3 points won, and they came with plenty of battling qualities. There was some defensive frailties, or were they just a cause of my nervous disposition anytime Wigan got in our half?
Co-commentator Steve Brown, who I’d consider paying with my own money to become a defensive coach at the club, would highlight defensive deficiencies, but was also full of praise for the combative and assiduous display.
Bowyer made 7 changes, if he had made 11, you would have gotten no complaints from me.
We started well, with Aneke the sole striker but quickly supported by Washington and Millar and Smith, who had a really good first half I thought. JFC was a very welcome addition back in the side as well. A steady influence throughout.
We looked dangerous going forward and Aneke was a proper handful. He got his goal through an opposition cock-up, which was a nice change, but he still had to finish it, which he did.
For the rest of the 1st half it was really about would we score again, because we deserved to, but of course we didn’t. Although, how Aneke never got a penalty I will never know.
2nd half was backs to the wall, but the defence led by an outstanding Pearce held firm. Amos was commanding and whilst Maatsen was a bit worrisome on the left, Matthews was a huge mark up on Gunter at right back.
A win, whether it will mean anything or not come the end of the season, was very welcome all the same.
“A lot of senior players came in and it showed. Pearcey was outstanding. Ben Watson came in and was very good in front of the back four.” – Lee Bowyer
Photo credit: Kyle Andrews