Oxford United 0 Charlton Athletic 0
Steve Brown said the game lacked quality. It lacked most things in all honesty – two mid-table teams playing the season out.
Nothing during that 90 minutes to scare the current top 6 incumbents, but there are still some upside down results and if Schwartz had scored we’d have been two points from the top six which is pretty nuts when you think of our form since the turn of the year.
The game had nothing to get the blood flowing. Both teams were committed but sloppy in possession and lacked any cutting edge with the defenders’ competency being enough to nullify any real goal threat, although Oxford did hit the woodwork.
From the Addicks’ perspective we failed to build any sustained pressure and struggled to put more than a few clean passes together. Millar and Maatsen got into some threatening wide left positions and knocked on the door once or twice, but that was the extent of it.
A better side may have caused us more problems from the occasional sloppiness of the back four, and from Watson’s wayward passing, but they didn’t and 0-0 was the right scoreline.
Yet, if you’re given a penalty with the last kick of the game, then you are in your right to think that the game will only end one way.
Charlton have never been conventional though and Ronnie Schwartz continued his difficult start to Charlton life by having his spot-kick saved. In fairness the Oxford ‘keeper did make a very good save.
It may end up being a good point. That’ll be down to us.
“We have to turn it around (the home form). And we have to turn it around starting Tuesday. These next three home games will be very important in what happens to us.” – Lee Bowyer
Photo Credit: Kyle Andrews