Charlton Athletic 3 Bristol Rovers 2
Whatever happens in the future, near or far, I will forever love Johnnie Jackson ❤️.
If Johnnie only gets the one game, then he should know that he did the club and fans proud tonight. He is obviously acutely unaware of what his future entails, but it certainly sounds as if Thomas Sandgaard plans on making a quick decision.
The game was like so many this season – chaotic. Maatsen gave away a blatant penalty, then Rovers could easily have scored twice more with our back four all over the place. This against a team who hadn’t won away since early December and are the division’s third lowest scorers.
Then in familiar fashion a long range effort was thumped into the Covered End net with Amos diving comically in the wrong direction and 0-4 would not have been unrealistic. Half an hour gone.
Importantly with our first shot on goal, we score. Shinnie finished very impressively to bring us back into the game.
As the captivating Steve Brown pointed out at that point Rovers looked spent. They certainly had the look of a 5-year old who had picked up a £50 note from the pavement and then no idea what to do with it.
On the stroke of half-time we were level. JFC curling a left-footed free kick into the net. I don’t know about you, but the bit of home sofa I sit on was once again stunned into silence.
2nd half started slow and the game was quite open, but the introduction of Chuks turned the game our way. Washington was everywhere and DJ played the best I had seen him replacing a mis-firing Millar.
We were peppering their goal, although all the while looking susceptible to any sort of half-decent counter attack. Chuks was causing problems and a high challenge with a Rovers’ defender sent Washington away, his touch wasn’t perfect, but it was enough to take it past a stranded ‘keeper, and he continued his run to ram the ball over the line after it came off the post.
The comeback was complete and I could visualize Jacko making his way into the Covered End with his arms flailing around his head.
There was still time for more drama as Rovers’ keeper Day was sent off for a reckless challenge on Chuks. Loads of added time and then the final whistle.
“Even if we went in 2-1 down [at half-time], I’d have been calm. We tried to get into them and press high, it’s what I wanted and maybe that gave them some anxiety and I wanted them to be calm. We got the equaliser, a great goal from Jake and I knew we’d go on and win it.” – Johnnie Jackson
Photo credit: Kyle Andrews